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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe were planning to start our seeds the other day and I was about to go dumpster diving for containers when I got “Monday-ed.”  By that I mean that somehow dinner got ruined (don’t buy discount tortellini, okay?) and we had to order delivery. (Note to self: be more prepared for last-minute menu changes) As a bonus, Pizza Hut puts their wings in these nifty metal trays perfect for lots of things! Yes. I save them. Don’t judge.

So here we are creating masterpieces with dirt. I sprung for the Jiffy Mix because we had so much luck with it in the past. The girls had marigold seeds they collected last year and a gift of Lilly seeds from Pookah’s friend (thanks!). While they were busy planting those, I worked on Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kohlrabi. It’s easy. Just put water and seeds in the starter mix. Detailed instructions here.

Pookah & Tootsie starting flower seeds

Pookah & Tootsie starting flower seeds

We put a single seed type into each container and then wrap with a plastic bag to keep the moisture in. Pookah wants to remind you how important it is to label each container. Then place them in a warm spot where you will remember to check them daily. Guess where we keep ours.

Always place them where you will remember to check daily for signs of germination

Always place them where you will remember to check daily for signs of germination

You can see the condensation beginning already. That moisture is not going anywhere. And now we wait…

Actually, we have some cleaning up to do. We made a fabulous mess.

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Last year, life was a little crazy. We spent more time at the farmer’s market then in our own garden. We managed to produce a few tomatoes and green beans, and put up some jam, but mostly we picked from the local crops and daydreamed about the future.

How great is it that we get a do-over each year? So, here we are again! My brother and niece have already started their flower crop, maybe they’ll give us a tour! (hint hint) It’s very inspiring when people begin to talk about seed starting in the middle of winter. It’s so horribly drab and bitter cold here in the north. It’s the time of year when people start to mumble that they’ve had enough. A little sprout of green is a cheerful reminder that Spring is on its way. Thoughts of sun-warmed earth fill my head as the seed catalogs arrive in the mail.

Today, Tootsie grabbed a catalog and begged to help me garden. She is now running around the house in Dora garden gloves shouting: “Mommy! Get me a plant!”

Tootsie is ready for spring.

Tootsie is ready for spring.

It will take a little more effort and organizing to get back into the swing of things, but now that we have our team together it’s time to start some seeds!

Are you planning? Are you sprouting? Are you ready for a new season?

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