With the help from Andrew, Auren and Fern we were able to start our seeds today. I made up some seed cups last night. We had a roll of cardboard paper so I cut and stapled it using the kids staple-less stapler to make pots a little larger than a toilet paper roll.
Auren and Fern then helped me fill the pots with soil-less soil and tuck the seeds in.
We made up some plant tags with Auren's typewriter and labeled the pots. They now sit on the beautiful shelf Andrew made for me to hold my plants.
They are in a window sill which is not the best of place for seedlings because of drafts. The shelf is built over top of the wood stove so I'm hoping the heat will disperse underneath keeping them warm. I know the wood stove will dry them out, so we will have thick plastic draped over them to hopefully hold the moisture in.
The seeds i have started today are lemon cucumber, red kuri squash, purple tomatillos, ground cherries and calendula. I did try growing calendula last year but it never worked out. I directly sowed the seeds into the ground. I am still not sure if they really need to be started indoors early or not. When I planted them it was beside the zucchini. Well, the zucchini in no time at all was towering over the little calendula sprouts and shaded them, so sadly nothing came of them. This year I'm starting a few inside as well as directly sowing some into the ground. I will give them lots of room this time. Hoping they grow for me. Calendula looks and smells beautiful, not to mention the health benefits this plant holds. Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, it has skin regenerative properties. Its great for babies and adults. If anyone has any seed starting tips or any information on calendula please share with me.
As our seeds progress I will post updates.