Hi, folks. Shelby here. No, this is not a “grocery spending update.” That will be for another time.
Nope. This is me coming clean about the rookie mistakes we’ve made thus far. The great news? It hasn’t hurt us, yet! Hey! It is an experiment, after all. Would it really be fair if we read up on everything and became homesteading experts BEFORE we started? Not really. I want equal opportunity at success or failure, here!
Our key faux pas thus far surrounds our seedlings.
In a recent issue of Urban Farm, there was a very informative article by Jessica Walliser. In “Seed Starting 101,” she gives five steps for starting a garden from seeds. I’m proud as a peacock to confess that we went four-for-five on exactly what NOT to do.
1. Light source…Nope! Our wonderful trays of dirt are just having to rely on good old sunlight! (1 for 1 on getting it wrong)
2. Containers…Yes, we got this one right. I absolutely refused to build a box garden in our rental’s living room! (1 for 2)
3. Potting soil…Special potting soil, that is, so…Nope! I think it was just about the cheapest and most generic, all-purpose stuff we could find.(2 for 3)
4. Heat mat… Nope! You can check out Anna’s post for a bit more information. (3 for 4)
5. Labels…We got this one right, too. Probably a bit of my OCD-ness involved, more than conventional seedling wisdom. (3 for 5)
In the end, we got more wrong than right. But the amazing thing is that EVERYTHING is growing. And some of it’s going crazy. Chief among these is our laundry basket potatoes.
Right now, I’m more worried about what’s going to happen to our seedlings later this week. While the fam travels back to the midwest for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, our little green babies will have to fend for themselves. We had originally thought about placing them in our raised garden boxes and letting them connect with nature for the week.
Problem: There’s already one freeze warning for the coming week, and it looks like there might be another.
It’s one thing to drop the mutt off with friends. After all, their kids already had a schedule of who he gets to sleep with each night, along with a Wanna Go for a Walk game plan. But it just doesn’t seem right to hope that someone will want to snuggle with our re-planted celery pots!
I guess we’re just going to have to water them well for a couple of days and pray for the best. Kind of bummed that our “rookie-ness” may have done no harm, but the end result may be the same. Frown.
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