Success is not final, failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Spring fever

The last few days were pretty cold here and nobody wanted to go outside. (We went for a walk the other day and were icicles by the time we got back.)
So, to combat the "winter blues" I decided to start some seeds. I know it's early, but I couldn't help myself. Last year I learned how to make my own pots out of newspaper and I've been doing that since. Its very easy, cut newspaper into strips and roll around a can or bottle. (This rotel can works very well, I used the line on the can as my guideline. ) They actually sell paper pot makers, but since they are around $20, I chose to stick with a can.
Once you made a bunch of pots, fill them with seed starting soil and you are ready to go. I normally wet my soil in the bag and fill the wet soil into the pots.
Die letzten paar Tage waren garstig kalt und wir sind so gut wie gar nicht raus. (Einmal haben wir es gewagt und waren danach reine Eiszapfen.)
Damit ich keine Winterdepression bekomme, habe ich angefangen ein paar Sachen auszusaehen. Letztes Jahr habe ich gelernt meine eigenen Toepfe aus Zeitungen zu machen, und seitdem sind das die einzigen die ich fuer Samen benutze. Man schneidet eine Zeitung in Streifen und wickelt die um eine Dose oder Flasche. Enden werden wie bei einem Geschenk umgefalten, fertig. Wenn ich einige Toepfe gemacht habe, fuelle ich sie mit nasser Erde (extra fuer Samen) und lasse es ueber Nacht stehen.After making and filling the pots I let them sit overnight. Don't know if it makes a difference, but it gets the soil to room temperature.
This tray only has two different tomato seeds (from Germany) in it. I got them last year and I hope they'll still germinate. If not, it's still early enough to get different ones.
In diesem Mini Gewaechshaus habe ich Tomatensamen von Dtld ausgesaet. Die Samen habe ich seit letztem Jahr und ich hoffe sie sind noch gut. Wenn nicht bin ich wenigstens frueh genug dran neue Samen zu kaufen.
Greg brought one of our "beer bench tables" (like you would see at Oktoberfest) in from the garage. It sits in the dining room by the window and I hope it'll be enough light for the seedlings.
Greg hat den Tisch von unserer Bierzeltgarnitur aus der Garage geholt und im Esszimmer fuer mich aufgestellt. Ich hoffe, dass das Fenster genug Licht spendet.

Our cress is going strong, few more days and we'll be able to eat it.
Unsere Kresse waechst und gedeiht. Nicht mehr lange und wir koennen sie geniessen...

6 comments:

  1. Anke, I will give that paper pot a try. I've seen it alot, but never used it. Seed starting is so exciting isn't it? What are the names of the tomatoes from Germany? I've grown one called German Johnson, and its one of my favorites.

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  2. I love starting seeds indoors, one of my favorite things to do. The tomatoes are called (loosely tranlated) "balcony star", which is a bush tomato and "tomato, light fruit". Don't think that's really a name, but it's all that's on the package. We shall see...

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  3. Hallo Anke, also ich habe das mit deinen Zeitungssamentöpfchen nicht so anz verstanden ??
    Hast Du eigentlich die fotos bekommen. Schade das wir uns am samstag verpasst haben, habe es am sonntag gegen 17.00 auch propiert. Naja warum soll es mir anders ergehen. Noch knapp 4Monate dann kommt Ihr. Schon Pläne, Greg kommt ja auch mit habe ich gehört!!
    Bis bald
    Sylvia

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  4. Sylvia, ich probiere es am naechsten Wochenende noch mal. Vielleicht erreichen wir einander dann und koennen ein bissl ratschen.

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  5. Anke, that is a good idea for the newspaper. I was just looking at those make your own pots too, and thinking that's a lot of money! I have the urge to start seeds too, but first I'll need to clear a space on the plant table and set one up. I have seen where someone has used a diaper as a wick for the plants to set on. I haven't tried it yet, don't have any diapers!!
    Ulrike

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  6. good idea anke:) i don't have any inside light source window that the kittys can't access! yikes! that would be a disaster! so i enjoy seeing yours and enjoying it:) love the newspaper and can tip:)

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