One way I like to do away with winter time blues is to start some seeds inside. I can't tell you what it does to your mind to stick your fingers in dirt in February! To smell the dirt. Then to have the seedlings turn green while the outside is white or maybe brown(if you are lucky enough to have snow gone).
Right now I have started some peppers inside. I am no expert at this. I more or less do this to stay sane during these long winter days. I have been trying seed starting for a few years now. Every year I learn something new, every year we get a little bit better. I do end up producing from my plants I start. Even if they don't always look the best.
One thing I have learned is I do not like transplanting seedlings. Maybe transplanting is something I need to accept and move on. I am stubborn though. I have had luck planting the seeds in bigger containers and leaving them there.....just don't go on vacation and expect your teenager to remember to water them ; ) Going from the success I had last year, minus the lack of water, I will try planting in bigger containers again.
I found that you definitely don't need to start all seeds at the same time. Peppers seem to take the longest, as do some flowers. After that tomatoes are good to start. Since we have such a short growing season up north here, it's nice to get a head start on melons and maybe some pumpkins.
Seed starting in pop bottles
|3/15/2011 One of my pepper plants!|
|One of my tomato plants 4/17/2011. We cut the top of the bottle off a few weeks ago.|
|New leaves below the plastic. That means we need to cut the bottle off that far down.|
|My grow light...aka Travis's shop light.|
Now if the snow would leave for good and the warm temps come back!