How Does Your Garden Grow – Starting our Seeds

Good day chaps and chapettes. Today is the official first installment of the 2009 How Does Your Garden Grow, and today we’ll be discussing the exciting kickoff of our 2009 summer garden – seeds.

Seeds are an amazing thing! I really shouldn’t be so surprised as they were created by an awesome Creator. I just find it fascinating though that an abundance of food can come from a seed that is as tiny as the tip of a ball point pen – and some are even smaller than that!

This year, we’re growing nearly everything directly from seed. Tomatoes, hot peppers, bell peppers, zucchini, summer squash, okra, pumpkins, butternut squash, corn, green and purple beans, carrots, cucumbers, and cantaloupe. We have onion sets, garlic sets, and seed potatoes as well, but they don’t really count.


So while most of you were preparing your homes for Super Bowl festivities, we were playing in the dirt, so to speak. Spring is right around the corner for us here in Georgia, and with any luck we’ll be able to get our garden out in early April. And that means that it’s time to get our seedlings started. While Sam prepared the peat pellets, I hung five grow lights from our ceiling. Once the lighting was in place and functional, we watered the peat pellets and let them expand. Next came the tiny little seeds. Roma tomatoes, Early & Often tomatoes, Sweet Million cherry tomatoes, carnival mixed bell peppers (all colors), jalapeno peppers, chocolate habanero peppers, pablano peppers, Caribbean mixed hot peppers (all varieties), and some ghost peppers (the hottest pepper in the world). All in all, we planted about 430 seeds. Of course we do anticipate some loss – not every seed will germinate, and not every germinated seedling will make it. In about two weeks most of the seeds should have germinated and we’ll have a much better idea of where we stand.

As I’ve mentioned here before, we want to become as self sufficient as possible as far as our food goes. And while we don’t eat a lot of fresh vegetables, we do eat a lot of vegetable products – specifically lots of tomato based products. With the rising costs of living, we have found that for our needs we can plant a small garden and still see a significant impact on our grocery budget every month. This year we spent approximately $50 on seeds, but that will translate into nearly $600 or more in annual savings on fresh, frozen, and canned produce.

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