Sowing Seeds for Earth Day

This is what we woke up to today, April 19th.  Welcome to the snowiest April in history...Springtime in Duluth!

This is what we woke up to today, April 19th. Welcome to the snowiest April in history…Springtime in Duluth!

It’s hard to believe that next week is Earth Day already.  We are still getting dumped-on regularly with a foot or more of snow, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.  But, cock-eyed optimist that I am, I know eventually spring and summer will come.  So, we figured we better get some seeds started for the garden.  Hopefully it will go to the right of this snow-covered treehouse, hidden by the thickened branches.

Soil... seeds... pods... check!

Soil… seeds… pods… check!

Since these tomatoes, peppers, and flowers need to have an indoor start, we opted for plantable pods that can go right into the ground…hopefully…if it ever stops snowing!  If you look carefully, you’ll see a small zipper bag amongst the peppers; those are Mexican Midget tomatoes.  We got some seeds from a friend of a friend last year and planted them in our garden.  Unfortunately the flood-of-the-century in June washed away most of our garden.  Or so we thought.  Suddenly we had these crazy little tomatoes sprouting all around the garden–even a couple of plants showed up in our potted plants by the house!  Ah, nature.

We assumed these were pretty hardy seeds, worth trying again, so we saved some.  We squished a couple of the small tomatoes, soaked the seeds to remove the "slimy stuff" (yes, this was a very technical operation!), dried them, and then stored them in a tiny zipper bag.  Now it's time to sow again, ta-da, circle of life.

We assumed these were pretty hardy seeds, worth trying again, so we saved some. We squished a couple of the
small tomatoes, soaked the seeds to remove the “slimy stuff” (yes, this was a very technical operation!), dried
them, and then stored them in a tiny zipper bag. Now it’s time to sow again. Ta-da, circle of life.

Time to get Dirty!

Time to get a little dirty!  The soil goes in the pots…

Seed in Hand

Future peppers…right there…in my hand!

Planted!

All the seeds, resting nicely in their new pods.

Tucked In

After a little drink of water, the tops will be closed and they’ll nap in front of the window.  In a couple of months they’ll be transplanted to the garden with the rest of the direct-sow vegetables.  Sleep tight, my delicious little friends!

If you want to learn more about gardening, surf around or check out your local library.  Many cities offer classes and instruction on how to grow your own food.  Don’t have room?  Look into renting a plot in a community garden or perhaps some container gardening.  You can grow peas, cucumbers, or tomatoes for example, in containers on your stoop if you have the right amount of light.  Some libraries even go as far as letting you “check out” seeds, returning new ones after harvest.  Now that sounds like a good idea every day, not just for Earth Day!  Now if it would just stop snowing…

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