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Getting a Head Start

January 22nd, 2018

This weekend, I started four flats of seeds! YAY!!! My plans were to have flats of greens going under the grow lights all winter, but I never got around to it. On Saturday, I managed to get three flats of green and one flat of cilantro going.

For some I used soil blocks, but for others I just put soil in the flats. I’ll see which ones works best for this method of growing.

While I had the kitchen table turned into a potting bench, I decided to make a few flats of soil blocks to have ready for seeding. Last year, as I sowed seeds, I kept thinking it would be handy to have flats of block already made for quick seeding.

Now I have a nice little stockpile of flats of blocks. I managed to make three large flats and four half flats of soil blocks. I thought about making more, but decided I’d better see how this works before investing too much time this early.

Did you manage to get any garden related things done this weekend?

One Comment to “Getting a Head Start”
  1. Nebraska Dave on January 22, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Susy, I too was going to grow greens this Winter but by the time Christmas season was over and the New year started, I had lost my enthusiasm for that. Now that real seed starting is looming fast on the horizon, I won’t be growing any greens. Since we are in the throes of a Winter blizzard today here in Nebraska, I may just play around with testing seeds for viability from the seed packs from last year. I always have seeds left over from the prior year that never get used. So just to start getting my hands in the dirt, I’ll start putting left over seeds in seed trays to see if they will still be good to use. I suppose I could plant some onions seeds.

    I received your package with the plant labels and marker this last week. Thank you for the extra seed pack and the nice note. I don’t know if you remembered or it was just by change but hollyhocks are my number one flower that I like. My grand mother always had hollyhocks by the side of her house that always looked so wonderful. So it reminds me of Grandma when I see them. I have tried to grow them without much success to get them to continue to reseed. You have inspired me to try again to re create Grandma’s Hollyhock bed of flowers.

    Thank you for having a quality blog that’s very diverse and filled with inspiring subjects.

    Have a great seed block making and flat planting day.

    Nebraska Dave

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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