Time to see how the indoor seeds are doing now. I started some seeds on February 25th in my little "greenhouse". I tried using a heat mat with it for the first time this year. Most of the seeds I started are things I've grown in the past and had success with:
Zucchini, bush 'Black Beauty'
Pumpkin 'Jack O' Lantern'
Sweet Peas 'Old Spice' (I planted them directly outdoors as well)
A few seeds I am trying for the first time:
Delphinium 'Pacific Giants Mixture'
Nicotiana sylvestris 'Indian Peace Pipe' (started by winter sowing as well)
Tomato, pole 'Brandywine'
I left the garden angel nearby, she seems to have helped.
Almost everything had germinated within the first week. I did notice it was faster than last year without the heat mat. The basil was first, with the zucchini not far behind. The delphinium is just beginning to sprout. The nicotiana seeds were like sand and hard to plant individually, so I'll have to thin them out soon. I was happy to see how easily they started.
I've since moved some of the zucchini to their own little pots where they will stay until they move outside. They've already grown their first set of true leaves.
I was happy to see that the tomatoes all germinated. This is the first time I've ever tried tomatoes from seed. I'm hoping the seedlings will continue to grow until it's time to move to the raised beds.
I know that the hard part is now keeping everything happy until it's time to move outside. I've tried to take the precautions to avoid damping off, which I did have a little of last year. Trying to keep the seedlings moist, without overwatering is one way. That also means removing the tray cover. The window they are in is a greenhouse style that gets a lot of sun. There is a shelf that can be put back in the window that I could possibly hang grow lights from. I haven't decided if I'll do that this year or not.
The fun will be figuring out where to plant everything. Between these and all the winter sowing I've done, there will be a lot of plants. I've already told my Mom and sister that I will have some plants to share. The sharing part is just as fun for me!