My favorite time of the year is fast approaching…time to start the vegetable seeds! My AeroGarden™ is already occupied with tomato and pepper plants (which I’m having to trim back repeatedly to keep them from growing into the light bulbs), so I ran down to Home Depot and bought a self-watering seed starting kit, which comes with the watering tray, the pods/seed pellets, and bio dome. I want to keep this under $100 so instead of forking over $80 for one of those industrial looking grow lights, I’m going to buy a CFL at the store and put that into a regular desk lamp, which I’ll place over the seed tray.
As for seeds, I’m starting with cold weather crops…kale, spinach, lettuce, and broccoli. Those will go in the first bed, while I prep the second bed for the warm weather crops like tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, etc. With this system in place to grow more seedlings, I can keep a steady crop going the whole year, which I’m excited about. I’m also looking into getting a new watering system, some sort of drip irrigation so I don’t have to constantly run out to save my vegetables from wilting in the hot summer sun!