Starting Your Garden Indoors…

Six weeks after planting seeds.

Alright if you’ve been following along on my Instagram you know I get very giddy over my garden window and these cute little sprouts! This is my second year filling in this window and I’ve already experienced more successes than last. My peppers sprouted this year! Yippeee!!

So let me walk you through the steps I took to set this indoor garden up. I promise you, you will find joy in checking in on it everyday and keeping it watered! It also brings Spring into the house.

I have the perfect spot for it as I have a garden window in my kitchen. However this can be done just as easily on a window sill or on a countertop that gets direct sunlight throughout the day.

The first thing I did was head over to the Garden Almanac.

I looked up my area and looked up when the best time to plant seeds indoors was based on the last frost. Based on that information I planted my seeds indoors on February 23rd. But you can start yours indoor now! I wanted to get a head start as this is my favorite hobby :).

I bought my seeds @HomeDepot along with these cheap pots!
A shot of everything I planted. Lettuce, Kale, Spinach, Onions, Peppers, Parsley, Dill, Tomatoes, Arugula.

When planting the seeds I learned that its important to make sure the soil is moist enough. So I start by placing soil in the pot, filling it about halfway, and then I water the soil and mix it around. I proceed to put more soil in and then I plant my seed according to the depth and spacing instructions on packet. Always water immediately once you plant seeds.

What To Plant?

I knew exactly what to plant based off of things I like to eat and what I planted last year. Ask yourself what do you regularly buy at the grocery store? Lettuce, kale, spinach, dill, parsley, rosemary, green beans, tomatoes, the possibilities are endless. Maybe start with 5 of your favorite things. This year I added a few new things to my garden which I am quite excited for.

My first signs of sprouts came on March 1st, only 7 days from planting! Another week later just about everything had sprouted and was growing healthy.

2-3 weeks after planting
1-2 weeks after planting

Last year my biggest failure was my water upkeep. I either over watered them and then waited too long and they become under watered. This year I knew this had to be a better focus of mine. So each day I simply placed a finger in the soil to see if it was dry or moist. I also started to get used to how heavy the pots felt by touch. When they are dry they feel significantly lighter. Thats when you know its time to water! So far so good using this method. It’s easier than you think so don’t feel overwhelmed like I did at first. Even if you forget a day here or there they will forgive you!

Here’s What my Plants Look Like Now….

Russian Kale

When Do I plan To Transplant Outdoors?

I decided the perfect date to start transplanting outdoors is April 28th. The next step is planning out the layout of my garden. For example, some things grow better next to other things. I also have to be careful to not plant the same things in the same spots as last year. I plan to use the the Garden Almanac again as they have a fun garden planner app. Once my plans our set I will share!

Let me know what you think! Share your garden ideas! Ask me questions!

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Just a gal learning her way through the kitchen. Whole 30 inspired.

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