Wednesday, April 13, 2011


One of the most delightful things
about a garden is the anticipation it provides.
 - W.E. Johns

Oh, Yay! Our seeds are sprouting. Mr.Conductor and I started our seeds last week (which was about a week late) in our light hut. Our light hut is basically a cardboard box on its side, with tin foil glued to the inside and a low watt light bulb stuck through the top. We made this light hut three years ago when we were studying Botany for science. The light hut is great and super easy to make and has held up well (we've only had to replace the foil on the flap- cover). We only wish it was a bigger box so we could fit more seeds in it. We've toyed with the idea of making another box but just haven't gotten around to doing it. We have had our most successful, heartiest plants grown from seed using this light hut.
We planted Heirloom Tomatoes and Chocolate Cherry Tomatoes which we purchased from Park Seed- which also happens to be where we ordered the same seeds from last year.... which produced bumper crops of each.... we've learned not to mess with a good thing- stick with what you've found works for you.
We plant our tomatoes in raised beds which means we augment the soil in the beds each year. We are blessed to have a great compost resource nearby- a horse farmer who sells great, wonderful, rich, blacker than black compost for $5 a truck load.... pick up truck load. This stuff is super-beyond-great! Tomatoes can't be planted in the same spot twice without augmenting the soil. This year we are toying with the idea of companion planting some basil with one of the beds of heirlooms as we've been told it adds a wonderful flavor to the tomatoes. We shall see.

1 comment:

  1. I've never been able to grow plants from seed, at least not since I've been an adult. The little seedlings die for some reason, even though I water them and give them sunshine.

    I love the beautiful picture you posted. It makes me want to try again.



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