There is something very primal about gardening. The soil in hand, knowing that the seeds you’re working with would remain dormant without your intervention. The awareness that you’ll be lucky to get any of the tomatoes you’re starting before hubby and son wolf them down.
Last year we had pretty good luck with our Topsy Turvy planters, so I’m planning cherry tomatoes in the bottoms with herbs in the top this year. We have a nice back patio here and I’m going to line the entire back in ’em. Because of the fibromyalgia, getting on the ground to work with plants is very difficult for me. But plucking fruit from something at shoulder level or lower is easy. Plus, we’re in a rental right now and I don’t want to go to the work of building boxes in the backyard only to move later on.
We expect our last frost in the first weeks of March, so I started some seeds today so they’ll be ready then. Its lovely and warm today, in the 70’s (yes, in February, I know) so I felt it was a good day to work outside for a bit. Nio didn’t mind, since it lets him run around the back yard and explore. I started two types of cherry tomatoes, rainbow bell peppers, cilantro, mint, peas and cantaloupes in my little egg shells. They’re currently sitting outside taking in some warm sunshine before I bring them in this evening so they stay warm. Some of them should be ready by June or sooner, in theory. Here’s hoping for a gentle spring and some rain. Oh, do we need the rain here in California.
I started the seeds in cleaned egg shells using the method shown here- http://www.squawkfox.com/2012/04/12/seedling/ Mine are a little messier than hers but that’s okay, so long as they work. I’ve been saving eggs for the last few weeks whenever I make batches of things like quiches, hubby’s breakfast burritos or scrambled eggs. I plan to keep doing so and hopefully start two more batches of seeds in two week intervals. This will give me staggered harvests.