As the days are slowly but surely getting longer, they are also getting busier here at HA. I seem to be smack dab in the middle of full-blown seed starting mode! I’ve got one 200-cell plug flat full of seedlings that I started last week (lettuce, kohlrabi, arugula, chard, beet greens), and I started another one yesterday with cabbage, broccoli, radicchio and Asian greens.
I’ve got one flat of scallion seedlings started back on New Years Day, and some more onion seedlings that are ready to be transplanted. And I have 3 flats of salad greens that I am planting as needed to replace the greens as they are harvested in the greenhouse. I like to think of those seedlings as Junior Salads!
I’ve plugged in the heating mat and using it to give some bottom heat for petunia seeds. In a few weeks the mat will be used for the tomato, eggplant and pepper seedlings. I’ll be starting those seeds beginning the first week of March. After that it will be time to start herbs, and flowers.
And I’m also in full-blown planning mode here as well. Today my wife and I have a meeting with the Warrick County Master Gardeners at a large local church. The church and the MG’s are planning a food pantry garden, much like we did with our church garden last year, and they wanted us to share our experiences and give them some tips. I also need to do some planning for our own church garden. And we need to schedule a meeting with the folks for the new Impact Garden project. I think our own garden is pretty well planned, though I need to update my plot charts.
In my spare time, I’m taking a Purdue class on organic vegetable growing, part of my continuing eduction as a Master Gardener. It’s a good thing I like gardening, because it sounds to me like 2011 is already shaping up to be another busy year!