A photo of Shannon SaiaSo far the seed-starting efforts around here are going pretty well.

In previous years this stage of the garden has been fraught with insecurity, but like most things garden-related, this year I'm feeling a little more confident; a little more relaxed. While I would like to do things on a slightly larger and more organized scale, I am nonetheless content to do this suburban style - using an unnecessary and expensive appliance to accomplish a fairly low-tech job.

My husband gave me an Aerogarden about four or so years ago for Christmas, and though we used its pods and nutrient tablets that first winter to grow herbs, I stopped using it when the nutrient tablets were gone. For me, anything that requires that I keep purchasing something eventually becomes an annoyance, and the Aerogarden was relegated to the attic. It wasn't until a few years ago when I first considered starting seeds, rather late in the game - April or May I think - that I thought of the Aerogarden again. Or, it would be more accurate to say, that I thought of the lights.

It turns out that the Aerogarden lights make a perfectly adequate seed-starting station, and I've used it for that the past few years. The light is on an adjustable arm so that you can move it higher as the plants grow. There is a timer that can be set to provide 16 hours of light and 8 hours of darkness. All I have to do is drop by every few days to water and ogle the progress.

starting seeds 



My current fascination is with these leek seedlings, unfolding themselves up out of the ground - partly because they're so different from all the other babies and partly because it was so surprisingly quick and easy for them to come up.

Ken
4/2/2011 7:01:32 AM

Here in southeast Texas we have a great growing season. I got my garden in the last week of febuary. I'm already harvesting radishes, broccoli, and strawberries. Check out my blog at gardenforyourlife.blogspot.com. Ken


Ken
4/2/2011 7:00:13 AM

Here in southeast Texas we have a great growing season. I got my garden in the last week of febuary. I'm already harvesting radishes, broccoli, and strawberries. Check out my blog at gardenforyourlife.blogspot.com. Ken


Valentina
3/22/2011 6:16:33 PM

Very cool. I am starting the gardening phase after subscribing to GRIT and I bought seeds ("Giant Pumpkin", Sunflower, and unusual fluffy scented flower, I didn't wrote down the name) but they are growing like yours. I bought two tiny tomato plants and they seem to be doing all great in Florida weather.






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