It's that time of year again, time to plant the garden! Well, not quite, we are starting seeds indoors to be transplanted out later. Yesterday I started 48 pots of onions. These are 4"x4" pots in which I plant 30+ seeds. Most of those germinate and then we just pull them apart and transplant the individuals plants into the garden in May (weather permitting). The earlier (within reason) I can get the onions going in the spring the better, as the size of the top growth ultimately determines the size of the bulb.
I started some Rosemary (herb plant) for Mindy yesterday too. These take almost a month just to germinate, so they need to get started really early.
For the last few years we have started our seedlings in garden soil. This way the plants have all the nutrients they need, and we don't need to try to fertilize them. In the fall, before the ground freezes, we fill five gallon pails with dirt and lug them into the root cellar. (Digging up frozen dirt in February would be mission impossible)
|Bucket of Dirt|
|Ready to Plant|