|Litter Pan With Asparagus Seedlings |
Seed starting begins in earnest now. For some years we started our seedlings in cell packs, yogurt containers and other repurposed containers. They were hard to manage under the lights on the plant stand because of their various heights. The cell packs were fragile and tore easily. Sturdy trays would serve nicely, but where could they be found?
The dollar store provided an answer to this question. Low profile, plastic cat litter pans are ideal for starting seeds at about $2/pan. If you are flush, you can purchase them in pairs and punch drainage holes in one and use the other as a drip pan. I poked holes in mine with a hot metal skewer that I heated over the gas burner on the stove.
Fill the litter pan with moistened seed starting medium. Cut a grid pattern on the soil surface and plant one seed in each square. Cover with a thin layer of moist soil.
These seed starting trays will last indefinitely and are easy to wash, dry and store.
Reading blogs is more than a pastime, it is a way to gain a lot of good information. I recently found this post about vegetable garden planning that introduced me to a method I’ve not tried. Heidi demonstrates how she uses an online program to plan her garden. I was intrigued enough to sign up for a free trial and feel it will be a real time saver. Not only does it let you draw the plan with their software, it automatically spaces plants and keys everything to the frost dates for your location. If succession gardening is your thing (and I’d love it to be mine), it sends email alerts when it is time to prepare for the next crop.
Dave’s Garden defines a potager garden:
“A French style ornamental kitchen garden. A potager is similar to the traditional English cottage garden but mainly based on vegetables and other edible plants and herbs, often incorporating some cut flower plants for the household. The plants are chosen for their form, colour and taste, with seasonality and continuity of fresh vegetables for the household in mind, also should be low maintenance and closely planted.”
If the idea of combining artistic charm with healthy vegetables makes your heart sing, join the Parisienne Farm Girl as she shares her knowledge on how to make our gardens functional and beautiful. Her Potager 101 course is sure to brighten mid-winter days while we look forward to spring. Click the Potager 101 button on the sidebar to be transported.