The Season of Growing
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Believe it or not, Spring is not that far away.
About a month ago I had ordered a seed catalog and last night I sat down to look through it. I had wanted to try my hand at growing kale this year, but was looking for specific variety "tronchuda beira" or Portuguese kale. We just can't buy it in our local markets, and my MIL smuggled hers into Canada from the Azores, so she didn't know where to buy any. NOTE: When looking for something obscure always try Amazon first, they have almost EVERYTHING. We found a few places that had these seeds, but at $5 a packet, we decided against it for this year.
The catalog I was looking at was Seed Savers Exchange, and while they had a fantastic variety of seeds, they were going to charge me $8 to ship 6 seed packets. $24 total for six friggin' packs of seeds! Do seed packets really need to be shipped UPS ground? (And if you've been with me for a while you'll know that UPS and I DO NOT get along. So I decided to order from a website called Park Seed. They had a free shipping code for first time orders if you spent $40. Here's what I got:
Item # Description Qty Price
06456 Park's Original Bio Dome with 40 Jumbo Cells 1 $24.95
06235-PK-50 Plant Tags White Birch 4-inch - Pack of 50 1 $3.95
06626-PK-22 Round 3 inch Jiffy Pots - Pack of 22 1 $3.50
96219 Soil Moist Moisture Extender 1 $2.95
52550-PK-P1 Lacinato Kale Seeds 1 $1.95
05411-PK-P1 Rainbow Blend Heirloom Tomato Seeds 1 $1.95
05437-PK-P1 Chocolate Cherry Tomato Seeds 1 $1.25
05893-PK-P1 Sweet Green Organic Basil Seeds 1 $0.83
Now all I need to do is once the seeds are started and ready to be transplanted is get some veggie potting soil with tons of nutrients to mix into my grow bags. That and I special hose I can hook up to my kitchen sink so I don't need to haul heavy watering cans back and forth 75 times.
I used my happy light this morning for the first time. Yesterday was a bit dramaful at work so hopefully today will be less so, and I can calm down a bit. So far I've had two employees text me that they will be late, so it's 10:15 and I'm still alone in the backroom (well except for Bingley) and that's okay with me. I'm making myself drink 20 oz of water before I have my next cup of coffee. Good thing I have a bathroom close by!
It's going to be a dog full house today at work: Katy and Bingley are already here, and Teddy and Lucy are due in at any minute. Should be fun! I really love taking my dog to work. =)