They're here!! Today has been a very good day. Not only did I discover that our income tax refund had already been direct deposited to our bank account, but the first order of garden seeds from Pinetree Garden Seeds arrived in the morning mail!
I like buying seeds from Pinetree because there are fewer seeds in a package, which means less waste and less seeds I have to carry over from year to year and run germination tests on, since I hate to waste seeds. After reading Mel Bartholomew's Square Foot Gardening, I began using his single seed sowing method which made a lot of sense. Sowing just the number of seeds I needed also alleviated the guilt pangs I suffered when thinning out little seedlings that had struggled hard to break free of their seed cases and emerge victorious, only to be rudely plucked from the soil and discarded!
Having already made space in the greenhouse a few days ago, and having disinfected my seed starting containers, I was ready to begin sowing. I use basically the same equipment in the greenhouse that I used before we had the greenhouse: A large black plastic mortar mixing box, heat cables, a fluorescent light, a few plastic flats without drainage holes, and a variety of recycled plastic containers such as yogurt, cheese, margarine tubs and some containers that gourmet dog food came in. I punch drainage holes in the bottom of these and have found that they last very well and can be reused several times.
First we put some sand in the bottom of the mortar mixing box, then bury the heating cables in the sand.