Saturday, January 31, 2009

2009 Vegetable Garden - Phase 1 - Complete

Today we planted the seeds for our tomato and pepper plants that need to be started indoors. It's a day I really enjoy. Brittan hung the grow lights while I set up the seed trays and put peat pellets in each cup. Wal Mart, Home Depot, Lowes and a bunch of other places sell these great seed starter kits for about $6. They hold 72 starter peat pods. Last year we decided to buy bulk and save money, so I bought a box of 1500 peat pellets from EBAY. That will last us about 4 years and we can re-use the trays we bought last year. It's perfect.

One of the things we discovered is that some of our packets had MORE seeds than advertised. How cool is that. We planted 150 Roma tomato seeds, 35 Early and Often tomato seeds, 35 Sweet Million Cherry Tomato seeds, 50 Poblano (advertised as 35) pepper, 56 Carnival Mix bell pepper (also advertised as 35 seeds), 35 Jalapeno peppers, 25 Chocolate Habanero, 25 mixed Caribbean Hot peppers and 5 Naga Jolokia Ghost Peppers (hottest pepper in the world). We are really psyched. Obviously, we have no idea how many will germinate, but we'll have plenty. We may even try and sell a few of the extra plants to off set some of the original purchase price.

Here's the kicker; tomorrow is Feb. 1. Much of the U.S. is buried, frozen in ice and snow. We're Not!