Week One : Things are sprouting

Last week I planted seeds in two trays. After six days, seeds are sprouting in both trays..

All three of the Tomato types have sprouted. 

As well as the Arugula and Snow peas.

I’m wondering about the white on the popsicle sticks. Maybe that was not the best chice for markers. 

None of the peppers have sprouted, but I have understand they need warm temperatures. We’ll see.


Next Up, Snow Peas

I know, I know, this picture is horrible. I’m going to break out the Nikon for the rest of this project, rather than use the iphone camera. SnowPeas

I was somewhat surprised to see these snow peas sprout. This is an old (opened) store bought pack, from several years back. Maybe as much as 5 years old.

Since I did not expect them to make it, I’m wondering what I’m going to do with them. I’ve have a designated indoor spice area set up, but these are going to require more space to grow, and I am guessing they will be ready before I can put them outdoors.




Planting : Round 1

Since it’s almost mid March, I decided I better get going on my peppers and tomatoes. I’m using one inch square Jiffy Pots, made of some sort of peat. Each pot has been filled about 4/5 potting mix, two seeds, then 1/5 seed starter mix.

  • Four pots each of peppers: Hungarian Hot Wax Organic, Tiburon, Monet, and Cayanetta.
  • Two pots each basket tomatoes: Tiny Tim Cherry, and Tumbling Tom.
  • Six pots of Sweet Heart Tomato.

To hold them all, one of those big light plastic starter trays is used. They come with clear tops, to help keep the humidity in. The pot tops have been well sprayed, and about two cups of water have been poured into the base. Much of the water was quickly absorbed by the starter pots.

I feel pretty confident that I can keep the humidity up, but the suggested 80-85 degrees will be more of a challenge. There seems to be a small amount of heat generated by the T5 grow lamps, maybe 2-3 degrees.

Since we wanted to start a small indoor spice garden, I’ve started a second tray, added the spices, and a few older seeds I found lying around.


  • Four pots each of spices: Cilantro, Basil, Oregano, and Arugula
  • Four pots Old Snow Peas. This is a store bought pack from several years ago. We planted directly in the soil but it did not work out so well.
  • Four pots Old Squash. These might actually be Melons. In any event, these seeds have been taken from the veg/fruit, and are not store bought.
  • Four pots Old Hot Peppers. Again these were taken from the plant, and are not store bought. While I did not mark them as such, I suspect the are Jalepanos.

In a few weeks, I’ll plant the cucumbers, squash and others.



Looking for a good App

I spend a few hours a day in transit, during which time I often spend on using my IPad. I have a great App for working with text, and syncing back to the office using GIT. What I would really like to do is to plan out my new garden on my IPad. It’s not going so well.

The basic idea would be to layout my property, complete with house, shed, etc, then add in the gardens, complete with vegetables. I’ve purchased several apps. Some that will do planning, and other that will do gardening. But nothing that combines the two, they way I would like them too.

I thought I was close when I hit The Garden Planner from The Old Farmer’s Almanac, however that product is web based. While there is an IPad version, which I purchased, it appears to be be a scaled down version, lacking many of the items from the web based version.

Maybe I should just do it on paper.



How to grow…

We typically purchase the pre-started plants, transplant them and hope for the best. But since things are a little different this year, I’m going to review the growing instructions for the item we purchased. So that’s a male following instructions, or at least saying he is going to.

I’ve setup “Growing Pages” for each one of the seeds we have purchased. The can be found in the Pages section on the left.


The Seeds Have Arrived!


We arrived home last night in the middle of winter, to find a big box from Veseys had been delivered. It feels like spring already!


What was in the box you ask?


  • Nagoya Mixed Colours Kale Flowering Brassicas
  • Ripbor Organic Kale
  • Hot Pepper Collection (4 Pkgs.)
  • Early Butternut Winter Squash
  • Tiny Tim Cherry Tomato
  • Tumbling Tom Tomato
  • Sweet Heart Tomato
  • Talladega Cucumber
  • Nautic Organic Brussels Sprouts
  • Early Russian Sunflower
  • Square Jiffy Pots 2.25″

Everything we ordered was there, no backorders. So far so good.

I’ve placed the box of seeds in a cool dry spot for a few weeks. We purchased an enclosed glass unit to start the seeds off indoors. I’ll need to assemble it first.