Friday, February 10, 2012
Yesterday, I was reading No Guff Vegetable Gardening and I realized that if I'm going to plant leeks (and I did order seeds so I guess I ought to) then they need to be started 10 weeks before the frost-free date.
This website provides average frost-free dates for cities in Canada.
I was not surprised to see that Burlington's average frost free date is long before the Victoria Day weekend. May 5th to be exact.
So I decided to start my leek seeds.
I have been collecting Tim Hortons paper cups to grow my seedlings in, but I decided that I will transplant them to these cups when they're a bit bigger. For now, I made some newspaper cups using another part of the No Guff website.
To create a greenhouse effect (I'd thrown away the lid for the tray) I used a piece of clear plastic from a case of beer and also the plastic sleeve from a bag of diapers. I covered the tray and set it on Amelia's dresser with a lamp on it during the day.
My husband commented that maybe I was jumping the gun a bit. And I was very upset by his comment. Upon further reflection, I realized that I was so edgy because I have never, ever successfully grown seedlings from seeds. This has never stopped me from trying, but it has made me a bit defensive, I guess.
As with every spring season full of hope and renewed resolve, I am trying my hand at bringing seedlings forth into the world once more.
~Miss Greenish Thumb~