First day of Easter break, and we have a sunny morning and early afternoon! It looks like rain now, and is supposed to snow on Saturday! >.< I guess it’ll be an up-and-down spring. Saskatchewan weather ‘can’ change on a dime, so we shouldn’t be suprised.
We purchased seed starter flats with 72 peatmoss thingies. But I also wanted to try to make my own and practise the 3R’s. I had been saving the toilet paper tubes all winter, but I have no idea where they went. I suspect garbage or into the fire. ::sigh:: But we go through a lot of TP aound here, so I had quite a few that I had stashed in the last few weeks. Rhiannon cut them in half, and then her and Jake folded over the end to make little pots.
We trekked out to the horse corral and gathered up some manure and mixed it roughly 50/50 with potting soil. Then we spooned it into our pots, patting it down to get a full pot. Once I had the soil and poop mixed you couldn’t really tell it apart. I’ve heard somewhere that horse poop is the next best thing to worm poop to plant in.
We then went inside to plant our seeds. For the TP pots we planted marigold seeds. I want to put marigolds in the garden to help ward off little critters and they’re a happy cute little flower as well.
We still have lots of flower seeds, so when we have another stash of tubes, we’ll fill up the rest of this tray. We planted tomatoes, pumpkins, zucchini, cucumbers, and corn. I know the tomatoes need an early start, and the rest of them didn’t do so well last year, so I figure an early start might help them.
We picked up this little greenhouse shelving unit last year for around $20. It’s pretty sturdy, and more importantly, the cover keeps the cats from laying on the trays. Last year however, we had to keep them off of the top of the unit as they would lay on the cover. Bad kitties!