This year I decided to do more about gardening than just throwing some seeds in the ground and hoping for the best. I have invested a bit of cash and am starting my garden in January. January!? Yep thats right, right smack dab in the middle of the cold season. Typically I will get out and till up the ground in late March and start planting sometime after that. What comes up, well, comes up.
However after doing a ton of research I have decided to start indoors, in the basement and under some stricter guidelines. Starting small, I bought the following:
- 2 LED grow lights
- 10 20 x10 growing trays
- 10 8 inch domes
- 120 6 cell seed trays six plant growing boxes
- 100 peat pots
At my wifes request I have moved the worm bin to the basement. Worms? you might ask. Yes I bought a worm tower and started vermicomposting in my front room. Not smelly or messy to my suprise. I feed the worms every so often uncooked veggie scraps. I pulled my first batch of worm castings a couple weeks ago and dried them out for storage.
The bin, all my seeds and supplies are in one area in the basement where it stays an even temperature.
I began my first seeds january 15th. I am sticking to a specific schedule that i made and will be adding successive seeds every couple weeks. Starting with onions I am planting 12 every two weeks or so to have a regular supply throughout the growing season.
I did however get a little bored and planted a second set of onions and some herbs last weekend. The first set of onions have sprouted and I now have 11 onion tops about 1 inch long sitting uder my lights.
We have baby chicks on the way but I will save that for another time. Needless to say its taken a couple years after moving to Kentucky to back into our small farm but we are on our way. I have many ideas and goals and will be restructuring this site to match.