Frugal begins with seeds!


I’ve started my garden since I think the first step in saving money on food is to grow your own.  I’ve never had any luck with starting seeds indoors, so we’ll see how this experiment turns out.  I planted two kinds of lettuce, basil, and turnip (don’t ask) just to see what happens.  If I fail again, there will still be time to start more seeds.  Usually I get damping off or some other blight that kills the seedlings.  Although the seed packets said that the seeds needed 5 to 10 days to sprout, some are already up on day 3, so I’ve moved the tray into the light.  I’ll watch and report weekly.   Here’s hoping for some luck this year.


4 thoughts on “Frugal begins with seeds!

  1. Anne

    Hi, first time I have checked your blog. Why are you starting lettuce in January? Unless you plan to transplant to a large greenhouse, this is a waste of seed. Plant directly in the garden the middle of May and it will work much better.
    Basil seeds should do ok – in a couple of months. They would be full grown by June when transplanting would be reasonable.
    You are much too ambitious – wait a while. Light levels are still too low and your seedlings will get spindly or damp off.
    If you want to start something, try geraniums. It is appropriate to start them in January.

    We are just fine. The accounts of the blizzard are much exaggerated. Just now it is – 4 degrees and snowing softly, barely any accumulation on the ground. However, everything is closed, expecting the worst, so we are having a quiet day. I just put a baby quilt in the frame so will begin to quilt that.


    1. whitfim200106 Post author

      Great to hear from you! Glad to hear accounts of the blizzard are exaggerated. Fredericton’s getting it, apparently. I’m starting lettuce to grow indoors, but now you’re making me think I’ve made a mistake. Well, I didn’t use the whole package of seeds; there are plenty left. I started the basil for indoors as well. I’ll put the tray under a light to lengthen the day for them.


  2. Myrna Cote

    Hi Madeleine:

    Thanks for bringing gardening to mind in this bone chilling cold. Here are some more things that we can start indoors.

    1. Cucumber
    2. Zucchini
    3. Eggplant
    4. Radish
    5. Scarlet runner beans
    6. Baby pak choi
    7. Carrots
    8. Lettuce
    9. Onions ( norstar and red onions )
    10. Bell red peppers
    11. Brussel sprouts
    12. Parsley
    13. Thyme
    14. Rosemary
    15. Basil

    Last frost date here is May 24


  3. whitfim200106 Post author

    I think Anne’s right about the light, though. To be successful, the seedlings need more light than they get naturally indoors in the winter. I’ll stick them under a lamp, but I’ll need to buy a full spectrum bulb. I’ve started something now!



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