Winter Garden Update

Winter Garden Update

We have had a pretty odd winter here in Utah. I know it's only my second one, so I don't have much basis for that statement, but it has basically been a crazy beautiful spring since early January. That being said, it did get bitter cold for about a week over Christmas and I am happy to report that our little covered wagon out back provided enough protection for the plants to survive!

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Seed Starting: Round 2

Seed Starting: Round 2

If you have read posts from last spring, you know my first foray into seed starting yielded mixed results. I'm trying a different setup this go around and making a few changes:

Moving the operation out of the basement: both times I started seeds last spring, they started out okay, but ended up growing fungus or becoming 'leggy', and just didn't do that well. I think there were a few issues with the basement - I didn't have a warming mat and I think it might have been too cool down there for the seedlings, especially the warm-weather plants. I expected the shop light to give off more heat, but apparently safety standards have improved since I last touched a shop light. I don't know if the fungus had something to do with the basement, it's an old house and an unfinished basement without a lot of air circulation. So, I decided to try a new environment and set up a space in our pantry which is upstairs and next to the laundry area. Our landlord requires a space heater in the pantry because the room is an addition to the back of the house and he worries about pipes freezing. So as long as we have to have that on, I figured we could get double duty out of the heat and put the seedlings above it to keep them warm. I am also hoping having them upstairs will help with the fungus issue (and inconsistent watering issue as seeing them every time I go into the pantry helps me remember to keep them watered :)

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