As I look longingly out the window every morning at the knee-deep snow on the hill outside, I think of the warm spring weather to come and how it seems like the snow will take months to melt. I’ve been trying to plan for what I want to grow, where to plant, and how much space I’ll need. In general, I’m anxious to start gardening. But then as I lift my arm to shield my eyes from the ultra bright sun reflecting off the snow, I’m grateful to have the extra light at this time. That’s because, luckily, I decided to start my tomato and pepper seeds indoors on the day after the first big snowfall.
I planted the seeds in little peat pellets and I’m keeping them moist and toasty in a Jiffy box by my bright window. And thanks to the snow the seeds have been getting more light by my window than they would normally, I don’t even have to use an extra lamp. For the peppers specifically, I heard they need heat to germinate, and since I have a heat vent by the window I positioned the box over the vent, giving the box just enough heat. So I haven’t had to spend any extra money creating a hothouse environment for the seeds.
The tall sprouts pictured are my tomatoes. They come from the seeds of the tomatoes I grew last year. The little sprouts are peppers from a former co-worker. It’s so encouraging to see plants growing from the seeds I saved last fall. I have such an abundance I may give some of the tomato plants away and swap the extra seeds.
The More You Know:
Here is a good site that talks about seed germination with Jiffy boxes and peat pellets. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/696468/
Storing veggie seeds is pretty easy and fun here’s a site for seed saving.
And here’s a site that makes seed saving an artsy fartsy endeavor.
For seed swapping info.