I don’t care if there is a blizzard outside! My leeks have already started to push their delicate green heads through the soil, and I know spring is on the way! There is no better therapy for the short days of winter playing with dirt and watching seeds germinate and take shape as a beautiful plant.
According to my moon sign book, this is also the best time to start tomatoes, so I took some time with my morning coffee to plant a few… alright, I admit it! I got carried away! Just thinking of those juicy, perfectly ripe tomatoes from my garden last year made me salivate. It was almost as if they planted themselves… before I knew it I had over a flat planted! What am I going to do with 72 tomato plants?? I was just so excited about the tomatoes that grew well last year, and of course I wanted to try some new varieties this year. I guess I will make my friends happy!
I also started some herbs, because you can’t have a tomato salad without basil or parsley or thyme! It may be a little early, but with the grow-lights Matt put up for me last fall, I am having a lot of confidence that they will grow nice and strong, not spindly and weak like in previous years. Although with the rate that I am planting seeds, I might need to expand my grow light set up! No worries, we bought a shop light set from the old hardware store and put in super cheap full-spectrum tubes. Then we hung it from the ceiling with a couple of hooks and some chain so we can adjust the height of the plants as they grow. Super simple and inexpensive!