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Plan(t) Ahead

The storm rages on outside the door, quite literally today, but I am planning ahead. I am cautiously optimistic that spring will arrive and that gardening season will become a reality. It’s a great social distancing activity.

So today I literally planted ahead. On my retirement from full time list was “start garden plants”. Now I don’t have an indoor green thumb at all and any house plant that has survived for more than a couple of months had my other half looking after it. But eventually they all die so we shall see if I can, for the next 8 weeks, keep alive approximately 156 plants.

Well I guess first off it remains to be seen how many actually germinate. It’s like the Nothing Ventured post. Overall it’s been a relatively low outlay of cash. The light, the pellets, the seeds and the time. 

Potentially it could actually pay for itself, if I can keep the seedlings alive and successfully transplant them. I’ve picked relatively easy plants, according to my research and have done some reading about light times etc. By not setting it on a timer I hope that the act of turning on the light when the alarm goes will remind me to water the plants prn. I’ve got pots saved from last year’s purchased starters to transfer these over as they grow bigger. Seems like a good idea on a pandemic level as well because who knows if greenhouses will have staff and be open when spring planting comes along.

I had some left over soaked pumpkin seeds (Atlantic Giant and Sugar Pie) so I threw them into a milk jug. I’m quite certain that Shifting Roots, in her blog, said they aren’t good ones to do but I will give it a try. Those outside ones will be feeling that cold wind today! It’s so miserable that I don’t even want to run this one outside! In fact I think I will spend the afternoon being creative in the attic.

Bernie

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