Last year I did my first solo garden and it was a joke. Don’t get me wrong… Things grew, but since my pregnant belly was also growing and I had all day morning sickness until I was 30 weeks along, it was more like a weed patch with some veggies thrown in. The worst part is that since it was such a cold year the growing season was really short and I got about 1/3rd the yield that I could have had the plants had enough time to reach full maturity without the frost getting to them first.
I am determined to have a high-yield garden this year, so I decided that I needed to start the seeds early indoors to give them the best chance. Our garage is way too dark and cold for this and I am too cheap to go buy lights (and power them) for a garage setup so I decided to see if we had anywhere else in the house that would work. As luck would have it, since we haven’t fully furnished the master bedroom yet, there is a handy spot in the bay window that I am trying out this year and so far so good. I set it up a week ago and there are several plants popping up already. Yay!
Last year, I had read the tip (thank you random pinterest source that I can’t remember) that if you soak your seeds a few days prior to planting, it increases their viability. I’d say that about 90% or so of the seeds I direct sewed last year popped up and produced, so I made sure to soak them first again this year. *The pics in this post are with me NOT staging them and cleaning like a mad-woman before taking pics. I’m trying to simplify (because it is way too rough trying to work from home with four little ones) and if that means showing you all how we actually live sometimes…then so be it. * I never thought I’d like a corner sink because they don’t look as nice, but they are sure functional! I have plenty of room to soak my seeds, keep a basket to toss in dirty wash rags (which I go through like 10 a day), and my compost scrap bucket.