Even though I started my plants so late this year they are growing strong and will soon be able to be set out in the garden. Every year I dry seeds from plants that produced good fruit. I just lay the seeds on a paper towel on the window sill for a few days and then store them separately in glass baby food jars. Here is my tray of broccoli plants.
Above are some of my tomoato plants. As the tomoato plants grow I fill in more dirt to help their stems grow straight. I learned this from my neighbor. I started cabbage, tomoatoes, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, green peppers, and hot peppers insode this year. It would be great to get ideas from others on how they save seeds and start plants.
Finally a beautiful day to be outside! Being an Urban Farmer one of my goals is to not have to buy and vegetables from the store for the year. Last year the drought made gardening difficult but I'm hopeful for this season.
This is the 5th year I have gardened this plot. Prior to that is was grass. Lots of clay so we built up the soil by adding tons of leaves in the fall and compostable kitchen scraps like vegetable leftovers and eggshells. We've always had the garden tilled but this year I decided to spade it all instead. I got half of the garden spaded today. Sore muscles but it's a good tired!
This is what I'm starting with. You can see all the leaves. This is the potato section so it's very hilly from digging potatoes last year. The picture below shows the same area as above after I spaded it. Not bad!
This week I am starting vegetable and flower plants inside. My goal is to never have to buy another vegetable from the store. I love to can and preserve foods. I'm an organic urban gardener. I start as many vegetables as I can inside and then transplant them outdoors in the garden when the time and weather is right. My first veggies will be tomatoes, green peppers, onions, cucumbers, broccoli and cauliflower. I will also start marigolds. I use marigolds around my garden to help reduce the amount of bugs and mosquitoes. I start my plants in the basement under plant lights. I still have potatoes and squash left from last fall's harvest. Any potatoes left when we get to the right time, will be planted back in the soil. I also try to harvest seeds from veggies and dry them completely before packing them away to use in the spring.
I grew up and have lived in Iowa until recently when I moved to a small town in Illinois to begin a new chapter in my life which includes a loving supportive husband and numerous grandchildren to spoil. I have three beautiful daughters and a Miniature Schnauzer. I'm interested in anything that supports healthy families and healthy lifestyles.
Starting Plants Indoors