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If you live in Indiana and haven’t already started your indoor seedlings, now is the perfect time to start! We are about 6 or 7 weeks out from our last expected frost date, so it’s time to give your tomatoes a head start.

I headed out for some seed starting supplies this afternoon. With sunny skies and temps nearing the 50s, I had to get some gardening done before winter storms come again. Since the stores no longer sell my preferred Jiffy peat pellets (and my online order was never delivered) I had to settle for the newfangled Burpee seed starting kits that seem to be popular now. I can’t say that I am a fan at all. For one, they are not self-contained like the convenient Jiffy pellets. For another, you have to have the Burpee pellets oriented correctly in their pots (flat side down), but as soon as you add water to them they start to float and, of course, roll into the completely wrong position and end up expanding into an awkward sideways lump that threatens to punch through the sides of the peat pot.

Anyway. That’s my rant for the day. I don’t know why Burpee suddenly has a monopoly on seed starting supplies, but if you have a week to spare I would recommend ordering the Jiffy pellets online.


I also seized the opportunity to begin my early spring crops out in the makeshift cold frame. The old windows seem to be doing the trick, as the soil inside the frame was quite warm at least two inches down. This will be perfect for germinating my first vegetables of the season.

DSCN2378Two rows each of radishes, carrots, and spinach are now nestled in their moist little bed, just waiting for the right moment to make their appearance. As you can see, the windows are doing a great job of locking all that humidity and sunlight energy inside where the seeds can use it. I can’t wait to see how things progress!


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