Starting Starts

Maple and I are ahead of the game this year! We got started on our starts this week; planting four different varieties of tomatoes, a Siberian Watermelon, spinach, celery, cabbage, and corn.

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Next week we’ll start our lettuce, more tomatoes and squash. Once we get topsoil we’ll start our sixteen pounds of seed potatoes, beets and probably a few other veggies.

Maple and myself did pretty well with the ol’ budget-a for planting. We bought fancy-schmancy dirt at the beginning-of-summer-sitting-outside-all-winter-clearance sale at Home Depot. Who scored 10 lbs. of the fancy-schmancy organic dirt with the composting worm casings in it for $5 a bag? This persevering couple! Armed with our clearance dirt and a whole bunch of starter trays, six packs and lids (all courtesy of the TS-Cleaning-Out-The-Greenhouse-End-Of-Summer-Motherload-Of-Six-Packs-Starter-Trays-And-Lids) we bought a few compostable six packs (the price was fair) and headed home to plant and plant and plant.

We’re a little early, to be fair. But a bunch of our Zone 1 seeds (from Pingo Farms! Check ’em out fellow Fairbanksians!) require a slightly longer gestation time than others.

Planting is a bit like Solstice-time in the energy of excitement, giving and surprise that it elicits from me and Maple (though to be fair; mostly from Maple.)

I mean, look at that face!

I mean, look at that face!

The last two nights we’ve been up late, drinking a little decaf/caff coffee and planting, planting, planting. We’re pretty lucky.

Thawing the trays...

Thawing the trays…

Getting ready. TS tray and clearance dirt.

Getting ready. TS tray and clearance dirt.

Stacked trays.

Stacked trays.

Fill the trays.

Fill the trays.

Fill with dirt.

Fill with dirt.

Lots o' labeling...

Lots o’ labeling…

Ready for seeds.

Ready for seeds.

Planter plants.

Planter plants.

Tuesday Night.

Tuesday Night.

Finished Tray.

Finished Tray.

160 seeds were planted on Tuesday. Expect Part Two next week!

600210_785502934302_327228808_nCheers and Love,

Maple and Me

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