It's that time of year again (for those of us patiently waiting for the snow to thaw, anyway) to attempt to grow baby plants from tiny seeds and hope and pray they turn into full grown fruiting plants!
This is the part of gardening I fail at the hardest. Also, knowing what to plant, and how to water it, and where to put them all, and when to plant them...
I'm really bad at gardening. You'd think not, since my earliest memories is of pulling carrots up in our backyard with my daddy when I was very small. My mother puts a stick in the ground and 6 months later has long stem red roses. I should have the gene. But I put flowering rose bushes in the ground and 6 minutes later I have a stick. So. I need all the help I can get.
A very dear friend of mine posted a link on Facebook this week, it has changed my life and I wanted to share it with you all.Smart Gardener dot com
This wonderful, amazing, super helpful garden planning tool (that suggests plants based on your location and specific growing season!!) came along at the same moment as the other bit of information I was desperately in need of: Jumpstart Your Food Garden: Affordable Resources and Tips to Ensure Summer's Bounty
by a blogger local to ME. It was great during Market season because I could go get those exact ingredients! From the same farmer!
And now all my years of pulling my hair out and feeling stupid and knowing I was missing swaths of information that no one seemed able to tell me...everything just went plink plink plink into place this week. All the missing bits have been found.
Oh THAT'S why my seedlings NEVER GROW. Ooooh, I should plant those LATER.
I'm very excited.
I have spent the entire day on garden planning and research, and I am not entirely sold on the Locavore recommended lights because of the wildly varied reviews on Amazon, so I think I might venture into one of our MANY MANY hydroponics stores and see what I can find without breaking the pocketbook before I order. But the under-tray heating mat is a total winner in the reviews department, so I will absolutely be getting one of those.
So! Yay! Anyone else planning? Getting ready to start the seedlings? What are YOU planting to eat this year?