Monday, March 19, 2012

Learning seed starting

I have a good grasp on animal husbandry. . .

What I have little knowledge on is growing plants.

Last year, my paltry attempts at seed starting ended up
doing very little. . .

I purchased them at Wal-mart as organic seeds and
hoped, prayed. . .

I failed at growing a darn thing from a seed,
and I purchased my started plants
a bit late in the spring from Southern States.

While they did grow,

There was not nearly as much satisfaction from the harvest
as there would have been if the plants had come from seeds
we nourished and watched grow, I am sure!

This year, we made some changes, though we
still did start a bit late in the year and have a huge amount
to figure out. . .

We purchased Heirloom, Non GMO seeds from:

My friend, Stephanie, at Pauley's Rowdy Acres
planted both Organic seeds and then seeds that were
from Baker Creek Heirloom Non-GMO seeds, 
and the latter has grown far, far better!

We also created, from a Grit Magazine article,
a neat and inexpensive light set up for starting seeds.
I would say the cost is under $50

They have been planted only 4 days, and the seeds are already sprouting!

We didn't get that far before!

We have planted heirloom varieties of
and Broccoli



Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens

- Proverbs 27:23-27

"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares."

- George Washington