Yesterday morning, I hopped on ReadyMade to see what my co-bloggers had been up to and came across a great post by Chris Gardner on recyclable DIY seed starters. I pondered trying them all but finally settled on citrus peels.
MK juices fresh oranges and grapefruits daily so getting a dozen halved and gutted oranges was as simple as yelling out of my office door. After work, I made a quick stop at our local nursery, picked up some seeds and seed-starting potting soil along with peat pots as a back-up for the orange experiment, and drove home giddy.
The Mister and I opened up a bottle of wine, turned on some tunes, and got to setting up a little potting station assembly line in our kitchen. I pulled out a few thrifted trays to catch the dirt and water. I’d been waiting to use them for something since December and was so excited to have finally found their purpose.
We filled each of our vessels with soil and wet everything with warm water per the peat pot instructions. Sticking a pencil into the center of each container gave us a little hole to pop our seeds into. While The Mister planted, I made little labels for our plants with masking tape and wooden sticks.
We added a bit more soil to each pot and wet everything again. And that was that; our first day at attempting to grow our own food.
While my dad is an urban fish and vegetable farmer who has achieved some pretty serious recognition, and we had a raised-bed garden for a period last year (torn down to make way for a parking pad in our backyard, sadly), I haven’t planted a seed and watched anything grow out of it since elementary school days of styrofoam and sunny classroom windows. I jokingly referenced the styrofoam tradition to The Mister, thinking surely he had done the same as a youth; he told me that this did not happen in Nigeria but that they had a corn festival with a special song to go with it. I think we’ll repurpose the song and sing it to our plants at night!
We have no idea what we are doing. If while reading this post or later posts on the subject you come across something that sounds odd or downright wrong, make sure to leave a comment. Novices we may be, it sure is fun so far.