Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs
Finally sitting down and organizing and going through my seeds, I probably have enough until the next decade, now to divide them into piles of how many weeks before to start them. We are also putting up a couple of more shelves and lights in my upstairs so I don't have to use the basement which is too cold to grow my seedlings. Next step will be to assemble and clean my trays and cell packs. Anyone else start their own seeds.
Yep. Big time seed addiction here. Several years ago, I went to my son and DIL's house to help them plant their first garden. We tilled and tilled, and tilled some more, then we unwound about 25' of heavy chain from the tiller tines that had been buried in the ground... then we tilled some more. DIL showed up when we were getting ready to plant. I went to the truck, and pulled out my boxes of seeds. We sat on the lawn and looked everything over. Her comment? "You have a serious problem here. Why are you keeping all of those seeds. I think it's time for a family intervention!"
My cat is also a menace to all things growing. He loves to graze on my spider plants, and will go to great lengths to get to them. Knocks over 3 plant pots, spilling contents onto the floor and down the heat ducts in his efforts to get the spiders! Then, when I start seedlings, he LOVES to climb into a seed tray, and lay on top of the little plants. I have 2 of the little mini green house frames. I can set one in the window, with 2 legs on the window sill, and the other 2 legs on the bookcase that I built. It has 3 shelves. I can then set my trays there, put a florescent light over at least one tray, and wrap tin foil or plastic around the 3 sides away from the window. Provides a lot of light, and traps a bit of heat, Keeps the cat out. I have a big set up in my basement, but haven't used it for a few years because of the heat required to keep it warm enough. But, when stuff gets up and going well, I can move some of it down under the big florescent fixtures, with the bulbs just about touching the leaves, and they do ok there then.
Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs
I would think jealousy, I've always wanted a green house but haven't ever made that commitment, I think I would be trying to grow lettuce in winter, I read if you fill barrels of water they will release the heat all night and keep stuff from freezing. I mostly use my shed windows and move my plants in and out, a greenhouse might have to go on my dream list.
That's a good size for one, all kinds out there, now you have me thinking.
I don't have cats in the house, but my dogs have been know to help out by eating some, or knocking them down, at one point I had to move all my house plants upstairs because the dog enjoyed tossing them around the house. Thankfully dogs grow out of making that kind of trouble, cats I don't think ever do.
We are also discussing plowing up a patch in the field to try to grow sweet corn and pumpkins, but I'm unsure how much damage the chickens would do to growing corn, probably dig up the seeds before germination, I have a two foot tall fence around some of my gardens and they don't go over it, but you can't plow with a fence around an area.
You can easily have a hay bale cold frame. Super easy to construct, then when you're done with it, just remove the covering, remove the twine, and kick the hay around for garden mulch. Works great! Or you can buy a couple of cattle panels and make a super easy green house. Check out Back To Eden gardening. It will make tilling become a distant memory! Your gardens are absolutely drop dead gorgeous!!!