Hoop House Update – Seed Starting

It was exactly two weeks ago that I started my hoop house experiment. I am so pleased to say that things have sprouted! Right away – I would say maybe 4 or 5 days after planting, a spinach plant sprouted right up. It took everything else a little bit longer, with the mesclun mix sprouting up next. Then, 12 days later, I was able to find a lone celery and carrot sprout. (Hope you were able to see them in the video, they are very small but they are there!)

Seeing those little green shoots of life coming out of the ground, is one of the most satisfying feelings. Somehow that little green dot, represents so much opportunity – in a way so much more than just a little plant. When the plants are young is when they are most vulnerable – things like birds (backyard chickens especially) love nothing more than to serve up a salad of your precious sprouts. Do your best to protect your plants, and know that the birds mean no harm, they just thought you were making a buffet. (They’re wrong)

This is the first year that I have ever experimented with something like a hoop house in order to extend my growing season. Well, really – it’s just one way that an impatient gardener like me can get growing earlier. Someday I dream of having a greenhouse, but since I don’t, I must make do with what I have. Really, I feel like I manage along just fine.

I look forward to regularly updating you on the progress of this little garden box! Have you started gardening yet? How do you do it? Share your tips and tricks! Here’s another update of my gardens in general and what is blooming as of 3/27/2020

Seed starting inside is one of my favorite things to do, and up until recently it was all I could do to get ready for the season. I still find it very effective.

One thing that I have learned is that you must really think ahead as to what seeds you are trying to start. It is always tempting to start pumpkin plants right away, but chances are they will become unmanageable and never really thrive in the garden unless you start the seeds closer to summer time, the same goes for most squashes. If you really want to be an effective gardener you must start some seeds now and others later. The hot sun is really a necessity for some plants. Others, however, love being started indoors and early. Things like cauliflower, herbs, and peas – just to name a few. Here’s my method of starting seeds, I’ve always done it just this way and have had pretty good success. What do you think? Do you have your own special tricks for starting seeds?

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