Friday, February 3, 2012

My latest garden dilemma...

This is not the worst dilemma I've faced and certainly won't be the last. I have run out of room on the patio area (the raised area the cats shouldn't be able to reach) and I want to plant more seeds.  You're probably thinking "More Seeds?  Is this chick Nuts?"  
Is there such thing and Veggie Gardeners Anonymous?

There I was this week, thinking about which seedlings needed to be transplanted and which seeds I had planted that didn't do so well.  What did I do?  I planted more!  Last Saturday I planted a few herbs and flowers (one's I meant to plant the previous week). I have now added Dark Purple Opal Basil, Oregano, Thyme and Cosmos.

Here's where the dilemma comes into play.  I've used up all of my recycled toilet paper and paper towel rolls and if I use anymore of the peat pots I won't have any to sell on my website.  How can I manage to plant more seeds with little or no space?  
I remember checking in at Preserving the Simple Life and seeing that she had purchased a Jiffy Seed Starter Greenhouse.  I promptly squealed with delight (quietly since I was inside) and drove to (insert big box home store) and bought a similar item for myself.

Since Mary's Heirloom Seeds just announced new seeds like Feverfew, Extra Dwarf Pak Choy, Lettuce and Radicchio, French Breakfast Radish and Huckleberry, I'll be able to plant more and save space.


Denise said...

Aren't those seed starters great? Glad I could be of help. LOL!
Right now everything is up except for the stinging nettles, but they can take up to 21 days to germinate. So I have...calendula, purslane, sweet basil, hollyhocks, thyme, and sage.
I actually thought about getting another seed starter, but decided to wait since the Walmart here generally has a very good selection of flowers, herbs, and veggies.
Although it's been really nice here lately (and not freezing in the mornings), it's still a bit early for me to set anything out so I guess I'll just have to wait until mid March...sigh.
That's ok, there's plenty of prep work to do outside, so that'll keep me busy and help the time go by quicker. :)

Mary Smith said...

After only a few days everything is up but the feverfew. I too have considered buying another seed starter. I have roughly 60 packets of flower seeds and while it may be easier to buy flowers it's much more fun and economical to plant seeds.
Thanks for the inspiration!