The Greenhouse


After years of wishing I had a greenhouse my dreams finally came true (and I got a pretty awesome guy in the bargain too- LOL) when I moved in with Sal almost 6 years ago.  Not only do I have a large greenhouse to garden in, but nearly three acres of land to work with as well.  Over the years I’ve been learning how to best use the space I’ve been blessed with.

Originally Sal allowed the greenhouse to go dormant during the heat of the summer.  There’s no electricity out there, so no heat and no fans.  Last summer I tried experimenting with growing a few peppers, tomatoes and eggplants (all heat loving veggies) in the greenhouse and they did really well.  I even had a few eggplants and a tomato plant that survived the winter and came back this spring!  So this season I’m making full use of the greenhouse.  I planted several tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants, all of which are doing quite well.  I’ve also got kale, beets, potatoes, and sweet potatoes in there.

I planted garlic last fall and will be harvesting that this week.   Then I’ll add a bunch of compost and plant some of my late pepper seedlings and some potatoes and sweet potatoes I’ve got growing in pots.  In late fall and winter I plant salad greens and am able to have fresh salad all winter.  One of the best things about living in Arizona is being able to garden all year round.  My gardens are all organic and I start everything from seed, so I know exactly what goes into the food we’re eating.  It’s a lot of work, but it’s definitely a labor of love!

Here’s a video of the greenhouse I took a few weeks ago.  I really love this space- it’s so green and fresh and ALIVE ❤


This is also where I start all my seeds, so I’ve got some flowers I started as well as some basil right now.  I can’t wait to taste the fruits of my labor in a few months!

~Michelle of CreativeCritters

Being Gramma Chelle


Gramma Chelle- now there’s a role I never imagined I’d get to fill.  I never had kids of my own, so naturally I couldn’t become a grandmother.  Then I met Sal, who has 3 grown daughters, all lovely women.  Within the last 3 years two of his daughters have each had a girl and a boy.  And suddenly I find myself being called Gramma Chelle.  I can’t even find the words to tell you how much I love these kids!  Anna is the oldest (she’ll be 3 in September) and we have a very special relationship.  And when she says “I love you Gramma Chelle” in that soft voice of hers tears of joy fill my eyes.  She’s soft spoken, a little shy, and very gentle, much like myself, so I really understand her and know how to get through to her (sometimes when no one else can).

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Anna’s little brother Benjamin was born in February and we just got to meet him recently.  Christina (his Mom) and the kids stayed with us for a few days last month, so we had some good quality time with them.  Benjamin’s a sweet, happy little baby who already adores his big sister.  I can tell those two are going to be close.

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This little guy hardly cried at all while he stayed with us.  Most of the time he just had a big smile on his face 🙂

Then there’s Sofia, who will be 2 in July, and her little brother Raffaele, who was born in December.  So it’s perfect- 2 boys, 2 girls, all within a few years of each other.  Since they’re so close in age it will be easier to do things with all four of them.

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That’s pretty little Sofia on the left and Anna on the right.  When Anna’s here that’s her wagon and she loves having us pull her around the property.  (When Anna’s not here  that’s my wagon for carting stuff around the property.)  Sofia’s just getting old enough to start enjoying things like that.  It’s so much fun watching them grow and change.  The first time Anna stayed with us it took her a while to get comfortable.  This time she was ready to go for a ride in her wagon as soon as she got here!


On the left is Benjamin, and on the right is Raffaele, both happy little boys who hardly fussed at all while they were here.  And now I get to make boy toys as well as girl toys.  Dragons and dinosaurs along with unicorns and fairies- so much fun!  Being the creative critter that I am, every gift I give to these kids is handmade.  This last visit it was knit chickens 😉

Since we got new chicks in March I thought this would help them remember their visit fondly.  Plus Anna’s my little helper when it comes to the chickens.  She helps me collect eggs and isn’t afraid to pet the chicks.  She’s a natural with animals- a girl after my own heart ❤  And I just love teaching her about animals, plants, and the natural world.  She’s a good listener and has a great memory, so she knows how to pet a chicken, how she has to be quiet and calm if she wants the cats to come out, and how Dewey Dude loves to have his chest rubbed.

And Dewey Dude just adores Anna!  He hardly leaves her side when she’s here.  He believes it’s his responsibility to be her personal guard dog 😉  Unfortunately both of Anna’s parents are allergic to cats and dogs, so they won’t be able to have pets of their own 😦  Not surprisingly, Anna’s become very attached to our dogs, cats, and chickens.

I’m really looking forward to being a part of these kid’s lives, a loving positive influence, sharing what I know about animals, gardening, nature, arts and crafts, and much more.  Sal and I both want this to be place the kids look forward to visiting.  The puppets I made for Sal this Christmas have certainly helped in that respect!  I never realized what  a hit Cowboy Pete and His Faithful Horse Whinny would be (or how awesome Sal would be at doing these puppet shows)! 😀

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We even got Anna to decide she DOES like eggs (when she first got here she told us she DID NOT like eggs- LOL).  But a combination of picking her own freshly laid egg from the nest and a conversation with Cowboy Pete and Whinny had her loudly declaring she DOES like eggs now.  Sometimes you have to get creative with picky eaters 😉

Although I never expected to be Gramma Chelle I see it as a huge honor and blessing.  My grandparents raised me, so I have the greatest respect for grandparents and I know how important they can be in a child’s life.  My own Gramma and I were very close and I’ll never forget her unconditional love and understanding.  I can already see that Anna and I will be very close as well.  I’ve always had a very nurturing personality, and if circumstances had been different I might have made a pretty good mom.  That wasn’t the course my life took, so I put all that loving energy into my pets and plants (which all thrived under my care 😉 ).  Now I finally have children in my life, and I think maybe the role of Gramma is even better suited for me.

~Michelle of CreativeCritters

It’s Time For Spring Chicks!


Yep, it’s that time of year again- time to start raising the next batch of chickens.  In the past Sal has gotten 6 or 7 day old chicks from our local feed store every other year or so.  This time we’re doing it differently and have decided to get new chicks every year so there won’t be any reduction in overall egg production as the youngsters grow to maturity and the older hens stop producing.  Our 7 Rhode Island Red chickens from last year (now 1 year old) are still producing reliably and haven’t started to molt yet, so we should have plenty of eggs until the little ones are ready to start laying.  This year instead of our usual Rhode Island Reds we got 6 White Leghorns.  The Reds lay brown eggs and the Leghorns lay white eggs, so we’ll be able to know who’s producing and how much.

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One of my Rhode Island Red chickens

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Our 6 new White Leghorn chicks

So far we’ve had good luck getting our day old chicks from Olsen’s feed store.  A few days before we’re ready to pick them up I wash the chick cage with soap and water and scrub it thoroughly (I do the same thing before we put it into storage too), then spray it with vinegar to sanitize it.  Their feeder and water container get the same treatment and everything is allowed to dry in the sun.  Sal made this cage years ago, when he first started raising chickens and it has served us well.  By the time the chicks get too big for this cage they’re usually ready to go out to the coop.  There’s a removable tray under the bottom of the cage that we line with paper so it’s easy to clean.  Of course the bigger these critters get, the more often I need to change their paper (they can be messy little buggers!).

For the first few weeks (or longer, depending on the weather) we keep the cage on the island in the kitchen, with the heat lamp positioned over the top.  Figuring out the right position of the heat lamp is a bit of trial and error, but the basic rule is if the chicks are all clustered together under the lamp they’re cold and you need to move the light closer.  If they’re avoiding the lamp and are scattered around the cage, as far from the light as possible they’re hot and the light is too close.  They should wander around the cage comfortably and sleep in small groups all around the cage floor.  It took me a while, but I’ve gotten pretty good at figuring out how to keep them comfortable.

The really fun part is always introducing the other animals to the chicks.  I do like having the chicks get used to the cats and dogs so they’re not afraid of them, and having the dogs especially realize that these chicks are not prey, but family members they’re supposed to protect.

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“This thing is fascinating!”

This is Dewey Dude’s first experience with chicks, and I’m making a special effort to get him familiar with them.  He’s getting better with the older chickens, but still wants to jump on them sometimes.  He’s a very skilled hunter (he caught his first mouse when he was just 3 months old, and since then has caught a variety of birds, rodents, and rabbits) so I want to be sure he understands that this is not the same as the critters he hunts.  He’s very intelligent and watches me talking to the chicks and holding and petting them, so that also reinforces the idea that these little things are part of the family and are to be protected.  Ziggi’s been through all this before and really has very little interest in the chicks (or the adult chickens, for that matter).

Then of course there’s the cats.

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Ginko is utterly fascinated with the chicks.  He’s always been a housecat and has never caught anything bigger than a spider, but he’s got some pretty strong hunting insticts.  He’s not quite sure what to do with these things, but they sure do smell interesting!  BTW, I’m very careful that no animals get hurt or stressed out during these little meetings.  I’m actually surprised at how calm the chicks are when I take them out and let them interact with the cats and dogs.  Of course if the chicks were running around the house unsupervised I’m sure it wouldn’t take Ginko too long to figure out what a cat does with a critter like this.  Calcifer, on the other hand, is a complete love.

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I could probably let all 6 chicks cuddle with him in the chair and he wouldn’t mind at all.  He’s actually a little afraid of them when they start cheeping loudly and fluttering around in their cage (they really get excited if a gnat or something flies into their cage!).

And so this is just another sign of spring around here- the peeping of fluffy little chicks on the counter 😉  When the weather warms a bit more we’ll put the cage out in the garage with the heat lamp and I’ll start taking them outside for brief “field trips” to get them used to the outdoors, the sun, the wind, the feel of grass under their feet, etc.  Sal’s going to build them a separate little coop in the main chicken enclosure so when they’re big enough to go out full time they can safely be with the big chickens.  When they’re the same size as the Reds I’ll allow the flocks to intermingle.  If I put them together when the chicks are too small they could get hurt- chickens can be pretty vicious.  And when the Reds stop producing we’ll give them away to someone who wants them for bug patrol like we did with the last batch.

This will be the fourth year that I’ve raised chickens, and each year I learn a bit more.  I’ve already learned that Leghorns spook easier than Rhode Island Reds.  Loud noises have the chicks peeping and fluttering all over the cage, and any time I change the water or feed them they all spaz out- LOL.  They are getting used to me though, and I hope spending  a good bit of time with them will help them calm down and realize I’m not going to hurt them.  They do seem to enjoy it when I hold them and pet their little heads- they close their eyes and get this blissful expression 🙂

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Just hanging out with my peeps 😉

So that’s life down on the farm 🙂  I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to post now that it’s getting to be planting season, but I’ll try to keep you all up to date on the latest happenings.  On that note, the seedlings are all doing well.  I’ve got them under lights in the guest bathroom like I did last year (you can check out this post to see just what I did last year  I’ve been putting them out in the greenhouse during the day for extra sunlight and that seems to really be getting them off to a good start.  Then I bring them back in before it gets too cool in the evening.

Hopefully this season will be at least as productive as last!

~Michelle of CreativeCritters

2015- A Very Good Year!


Yes, I know, we’re already two weeks into 2016, so I’m a bit late in posting this 😉  But, as usual, I’ve been rather busy and just haven’t taken the time to sit down and blog.

2015 was a very good year indeed.  The garden did quite well, and for the first time (since I’ve been in Arizona anyway) I started the seeds indoors and allowed the seedlings to mature a bit before moving the trays out to the greenhouse.  This strategy worked very well and resulted in strong healthy plants that thrived once they were transplanted into the garden.

P1030693 There were some insect issues, as usual, but the regular applications of Neem seemed to keep the squash bugs and cucumber beetles somewhat under control.  We’re considering getting Guinea Hens this year and allowing them to free range in the garden.  I’ve heard they’re excellent at insect control and not as destructive to plants as chickens can be.  If anyone wants to share any info on Guinea Hens with me please leave a comment below- I’d certainly appreciate it!

In March we got 7 new chicks to replace our older chickens who were no longer producing many eggs.  We gave the older chickens away to a lady who wanted them for bug control in her yard, so no chickens ended up in the soup pot 😉  I’m not sure if I could actually slaughter our chickens- I do tend to get attached to them, so I’d much rather just find them a new home when we get new chicks.  And our chicks have been very happy and healthy little critters!

chicks 10 days old 3 And now these cute little things are full grown and giving us delicious fresh eggs every day 🙂

Then in April we found out that Sal’s daughter, Christina, was pregnant 🙂  Anna was born in September and both she and her mother seemed to appreciate the gifts I made for her.

The kitty was named Miss Kitty and Christina used the booties and hat and blanket the whole time she was here visiting in early December.  We spent a very enjoyable 5 days together and I had a chance to get to know Christina even better, as well as spending some quality time with Anna.  Such a beautiful girl!

Anna and Miss Kitty In June Sal and I spent 5 glorious days relaxing on the beach in Mexico.  His friend has a beach house in Rocky Point and let us use it for our vacation 🙂  We played in the ocean, had dinner on the beach, and chilled out by the fire at night.  Of course Ziggi was with us and he just completely wore himself out chasing sea birds up and down the beach and swimming in the ocean.

rocky point mexico june 2015 3 The trip to Mexico was one part of my 40th birthday gift.  The second part of my gift came in July.  We’d been discussing getting another dog for almost a year and Sal decided that the time was right this summer.  And so we adopted the sweetest, most wonderful German Shepherd/ Rottweiler mix ever ❤  Dewey Dude has been such a joy and has brought even more happiness into our household.  And I finally have my own dog, which is something I’ve desired for years.  This is what my little guy looked like when we brought him home at 2 months old.

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Dewey Dude

How cute is he?!  And this is what he looks like now at almost 8 months old.

dewey dude.jpg He’s grown into such a handsome dog!  Of course he’s still got a lot of growing left to do 😉  I love this guy so much!

One sad thing this year was that Calcifer got sick and I had to take him to the vet where they put him on antibiotics for an infection.  He hadn’t been eating well and had dropped to just 8 pounds.  I started feeding him kitten chow, which he loves now, and once the antibiotics cleared up the infection his appetite really came back.  Now he’s up to 11 pounds- more than he’s ever weighed!  He looks great and seems to feel as good as he looks.  He’s still eating Kitten Chow (it’s the only dry food he’ll eat) along with his canned food, and he has a good, healthy appetite now.  So what started out as a worrisome thing ended well.


In October  we took Dewey Dude to Beaver Creek for the first time and had a blast watching him romp and play with Ziggi.  This was also the first time he was allowed off leash on a hike, and he did very well when it came to sticking fairly close to us and coming when called.


Since then he’s been on several more hikes with us and I feel confident about allowing him off leash when we’re out in the wilderness.  Of course when we’re around other people or dogs I keep him on a leash.   Sometimes he can be a little too friendly, and not everyone appreciates that 😉

In November Ziggi was the one headed to the vet when he cut his leg.  We think he was running past some sheet metal Sal has in the yard and sliced his leg open.  He had to get about a dozen stitches then had to wear the cone of shame for about a week.  The cats couldn’t figure out why the dog was wearing a lamp shade on his head 😀

Ziggi and cats He’s as good as new now, although he does sport a very macho scar on his front leg.  And the incident did prompt Sal to go around the yard and try make all his scrap metal as safe as possible so this wouldn’t happen again.  The dogs just tear around here at breakneck speed, so we have to try to eliminate or safeguard as many obstacles as possible.

And then there was December, and December 23rd, which turned out to be a very important day in our lives (and not just because it was Calcifer’s 6th birthday ;))  That was the morning that Sal proposed to me!  I love this man with all my heart and have had every intention of spending the rest of my life with him, with or without being married, but I really did want to be his wife, rather than just his girlfriend.  And yes, I did cry when he slipped that diamond engagement ring on finger, tears of the utmost joy.  And the days that followed were filled with even more joy.  Later that day we headed out (with the dogs) to the Embassy Suites where we had a room booked for two nights and Sal had arranged a banquet for his birthday (which was on the 24th) that night.  And the birthday banquet ended up doubling as an engagement party 🙂  There was so much love and laughter in that room that night!  Sal’s family is wonderful and I am thrilled to finally become a true part of it.  Most of them have considered me part of the family already, but this makes it official 😉  On the 24th we got engagement pictures taken and then headed over to his brother’s house for the annual Christmas Eve dinner and party- always a fun time!

engagement pic.jpg Oh, and when I was planning my outfit for the Christmas Eve party (before I knew we’d be getting engagement pictures taken), I picked out Gramma’s necklace, bracelet, and earrings to wear with my dress.  Not only did they go nicely with the engagement ring, but it felt like Gramma was there with me, at least in spirit.  I wish she could have lived long enough to meet Sal- I know she would have liked him, and I know she would be so happy for me.

We headed back home Christmas day, taking our time and stopping a few times along the way to let the dogs out to run and play in the desert.  We had a very peaceful Christmas day, and enjoyed being back home.

Then to start off the New Year we put our Christmas gifts to use.  Without planning it his aunts gave us gift certificates for dinner at the historic Hassayampa Peacock Room and his daughters gave a gift certificate for an overnight stay at the hotel.  We had a wonderful  time and I think the best dinner I have EVER eaten!  Life is so good, and I am thankful beyond words for all the many blessings in my life!

Here’s to more of the same in 2016! 🙂

~Michelle of CreativeCritters



The Garden in Review


Well it’s been a long hot busy garden season, but the end is coming closer.  The nights are starting to cool off to the 60’s and the days are seeing fewer 100+ temps and more 80’s and lower 90’s (hey that’s actually considered cool in Arizona!).  All in all I’d have to say that the garden was pretty successful this year.  I started most of my seeds indoors under lights, then moved them out to the greenhouse as they got a bit bigger.  I did about three batches like this, starting the plants that took longest to mature first.  Some plants, like the zucchini and squash, I started in the greenhouse in the spring as temps warmed up a bit more.  I had a really good success rate and only lost a few seedlings- a big improvement over last year.

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I think it really helped give the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants a jump start by starting the seeds indoors a bit earlier than usual.  By the time I put them out in the greenhouse they were already strong and healthy and able to handle the temperature variations.  I also took extra care to harden off all the seedlings before planting them in the garden.

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For the first day or so I set them outside in a sheltered spot for just a few hours, gradually working up to all day in full sun.  By the time Sal tilled the garden they were ready for the conditions they’d be living in 😉

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Sal cut the bottoms off of plastic pots and I put these over the newly planted tomatoes and peppers to give them additional protection from the wind and keep them a bit warmer.  It also made it very easy to water directly at the roots of each plant and protected them from crawling bugs.  None of the seedlings suffered from transplant shock or wind damage this season, and I think these pots had a lot to do with that.

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The lettuce in the back garden did really well and didn’t even begin to bolt until mid-July, which is just amazing considering the kind of heat we’ve had.  Of course I’ll be saving seeds from this batch!  The rapini did well too, but once the intense heat hit it quickly went to seed.  Last week I planted another crop which should go through fall.  Rapini definitely seems to prefer cooler temps.  I’m also trying collard greens for the first time.  I love trying new things and seeing just what I can do with them 😉


And by July this is what the big garden looked like!  Down the center I have the butternut squash, which should give us a nice harvest in another month or so.  In spite of squash bugs and cucumber beetles the plants managed to do pretty well.  I did spray them with Neem on a regular basis, along with hand picking as many bugs as I could, and I think that really helped.


And here you can see the carrots at the end and the onions next to them.  I just harvested the last of the red onions and they’re drying in the garage.  I harvested the yellow onions a week earlier and they’re down in the root cellar now.


And the Japanese eggplant have done extremely well.  I just made a big batch of eggplant croquettes which turned out really well.  I’ve started harvesting peppers in the last week and they’re coming on strong now.  I’ve been harvesting tomatoes for some time now and have already made two batches of sauce.  And of course I now have my little garden helper, Dewey Dude, to keep me company while I’m working out there 😉

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Some things are coming to the end, like the zucchini and yellow squash, while others, like the tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers are just hitting their stride.  I’m already thinking about the fall garden though.  I’d like to plant some broccoli and Brussels sprouts along with some more kale in the next few weeks.  And by October it’ll be time to plant the garlic in the greenhouse again.

So you can see why I don’t have much time to blog about the garden- I’m too busy working in it!  I love being able to plant, grow, harvest, and cook with all these delicious veggies and herbs though.  It’s certainly worth the hard work and sweat that goes into gardening.  And speaking of cooking it’s about time I get some lunch on the table 😉

~Michelle of CreativeCritters

The Seedlings Have Sprouted


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As promised, I’m keeping you all up to date on the progress of the garden this year.  About two weeks ago I planted several varieties of seeds in starter pots and got them settled under the grow light in the spare bathroom.  You can check out this post to read more about it.  Within a week nearly all of the seeds had begun to sprout.  I was very happy with the high germination rate!  I think I owe my success so far to the fact that I used high quality seed starting mix, kept the mix evenly moist, and had the trays in a room that maintained a fairly steady temperature.  Most seeds sprout best between 65 and 75 degrees, which is why starting them indoors seems to work better than starting them outside, or even in the greenhouse.  Temps outside and in the greenhouse can vary widely throughout the day and depending on the weather.

Once all my tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers sprouted I did start taking them on “field trips” to get some extra sun out in the greenhouse during the day while it was warm.  Grow lights are nice, but they just don’t have the solar power of the sun itself!  I have the lights on a timer so they’re on during the late afternoon and through the night.  This allows the plants to actually get nearly 24 hours of sunlight between the greenhouse and the grow lights.  Plus the lights warm the bathroom up a little bit during the night when it would normally be a bit cooler.  I’m trying to do everything I can to make this gardening season the most successful yet.  Between Sal and I we have MANY years of gardening experience, and we’re constantly learning new things.

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This is a shot of the peppers ready to be taken out to the greenhouse.  I’ve got these handy trays to transport the plants in, then once in the greenhouse I’ve got plastic trays to set the different varieties in and I can then add a few inches of water to the trays and water the pots from the bottom.  I check on the plants occasionally during the day to make sure they haven’t dried out, which can happen pretty quick in the greenhouse.  Then about 4:00 or 5:00, when it starts to cool down a bit and the grow lights have kicked on I pack up all the little pots, careful to keep the different varieties together, and bring them back into the house.  I also have a small fan blowing on them lightly for a few hours a day.  The movement helps strengthen the stems so they’ll be able to withstand conditions outdoors better.  Once the plants get at least two sets of true leaves I hope to be able to keep them out in the greenhouse full time and start another batch of seeds (different plants) inside.  Of course that will also depend on the night time temps.  If the young plants  get too cold growth will slow or stop.  Temps have been really nice for the last few weeks though, with highs around 70 and lows around 40 (and it’s only the middle of February!).

All in all I’m very happy with the progress so far and am really looking forward to a productive season.  While this is all a lot of fun for me, it’s also the main source for all of our vegetables, so it’s pretty important that we get a good harvest.  We’re mainly vegetarians, eating meat just once or twice a week, so we need to grow lots of healthy and nutritious veggies!

Until next time, happy gardening!  And as always, please feel free to leave me a comment.  I’m always interested to hear ideas from others, or answer any gardening questions I can. 🙂

~Michelle of CreativeCritters

Starting Seeds Indoors (the beginning of the 2015 gardening season)


It may only be the beginning of February, but here in Arizona it’s time to get some slow growing seeds started to give them a jump start on the season.  Back in Ohio I always started nearly all my seeds indoors because it took so long for them to sprout in the cold, heavy clay soil that I had to work with.  This is the first year I’m starting seeds indoors since I moved to Arizona, but I figure even with our warmer spring (and even winter!) temps some of the slow growers could do with some early season pampering.  So I’m starting the peppers, eggplants, and a few tomatoes in the guest bathroom.  Sal worked hard to get everything set up for me, including the plastic covered trays that fit over the top of the tub and the plant lights.

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So today I filled 69 2″ plastic pots with organic seed starting mix and sowed the first vegetable seeds of 2015.  It was a gorgeous day here and a real pleasure to be outdoors and getting in touch with nature.  It got a bit breezy, so I moved into the greenhouse to avoid having my tiny seeds blown all over the place.

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Once I had my trays filled with pots and my pots labeled and my seeds sown I watered everything well then brought the trays inside and placed them under the lights.

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Then I covered the pots with a sheet of plastic to help them retain moisture.  If the soil dries out none of the seeds will sprout.  I also have a spray bottle filled with water so I can mist the top of the soil as needed.  Once the seeds start to sprout I’ll remove the plastic.

I’m really excited to be starting a new gardening season- hopefully the best one yet!  I’ll keep posting on the progress on the plants, and what I’m up to in the garden (this will also help me remember what worked and what didn’t).  And if you have any gardening tips you’d like to share please leave me a comment- I’d love to hear from you!

Happy gardening!

~Michelle of CreativeCritters