Gardening, The Cutting Garden

Seeding

This process is something I love to do actually. The thought of being in a warm greenhouse, music on and its just me, some seeding mix and the profound, tiny pods of potential. This go around was a wee bit different then what I am used to. I am not working with a greenhouse. My She Shed is a Polly Pocket toy compared to the greenhouse I used to work in. And I’m working with far less seeds then in the past and on an establishment that I’m not used to.

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(RIP Fairview Gardens, all my love)

I am honestly proud with what I have done to make the She Shed an operating mini greenhouse. The fairy gardens have been bumped to the ground shelf to leave room for optimal seed space. I was able to fill 8 shelves in hopes that I will have one more seeding session before the first batch of seedlings are transplanted. I plan to seed in different intervals in order to transplant the growth at different stages to produce continuous blooms. This way I will be able to use some of my planted inventory for scheduled events I have coming up this Summer and Fall. Cost effective and rewarding! When I am working with a bride and she has a low budget but dreams of Oriental Poppies and Lillies, etc., I want to be able to still give her that option. And if I am successful with planting, I will be proud if I can help at least one bride fulfill her vision.

I have sectioned off one small pallet space for veggies and herbs and a separate space for sweet corn. This is just for me and my family. I do have plans create dried herb bouquets and wreaths for some additional Etsy inventory. I planted a variety of colorful blooms, with an addition of some spectacular white and pink Lisianthus and a few delicate organic white Poppies (I have a specific event in mind for these babies). Below I have listed everything alphabetically along with the number of days it takes to germinate:

 

Amaranthus “Love Lies Bleeding”: 10-14
Bean “Blue Lake”: 7-10
California Poppy “Mission Bells”: 10-12
Carrot “Danvers Half Long”: 7-14
Corn “Sweet Early Golden Bantam: 5-10
Craspedia “Globosa Drumstick”: 20-30
Dahlia “Rainbow Mix”: 8-12
Gypsophila “Covent Garden”: 10-14
Lavender “True”: 15-20
Lettuce “Paris Island”: 7-10
Lisianthus “Sapphire White”: 7-15
Lisianthus “Pink Mix”: 7-15
Mint: 12-16
Oriental Poppy “Mix”: 8-14
Pepper “California Wonder”: 10-12
Sage: 14-21
Shasta Daisy “Alaska”:15-21
Snapdragon “Magic Carpet Mix”: 10-14
Spinach “New Zealand”: 14-20
Sunflower “Border Mix”: 7-14
Sunflower “Mammoth Russian”: 10-14
Sweet William “Double Flowered Mix”: 5-10
Tomato “Rio Grande”: 8-10
Zinnia “Early Bird”: 5-10
Zinnia “Giants of California Mix”: 6-10

Spinach seeds                               Jade leaflet regrowth

I purchased an organic seeding mix to start the majority of my seedlings, but for the sake of experimentation I also acquired a covered kit with soil pods and used Miracle Grow Gardening Soil in another tray. Each of the three trays with the different soil types contains the same few varieties of flowers; Snapdragons, Dahlias, Sweet William, Amaranthus and Oriental Poppies. Hopefully this will help me understand my successes and failures throughout the season.

What is super delightful about some of these flowers and herbs is that they will attract bees! And as I’m sure you’ve heard, those little guys need our help. The Beautifully designed image by Hannah Rosengren inspired me to be a little more aware of what flowers I should plant for the cause. It will benefit Mother Earth and your garden with pollinating your flowers and helping your perennials flourish for next year. I hope you guys will consider planting some of these types of flowers too!

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While seeding and absorbing the warmth of the sun, I love to explore the tiny details in each specimen and sometimes its a fun challenge to plant one itty-bitty seed into the single cell of a 100 cell tray. This time I am going to be a little more lenient with my process. If I get a few seeds to a cell, it will be alright. I will just need to thin out the seedlings before transplanting them so they have room to grow. Some day I will grow a bigger operation out of my home, but for now, enough seeds to fill 30 square feet will have to do. It will be plenty to balance between that and growing with my daughter. She will be turning One this Summer and I hope the garden leaves a nice impression on her.

 

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