The start of March marked the sowing of the first seeds in my little corner of the world. Instead of the usual hurried and scrawled penmanship on blank popsicle sticks/seed labels, I decided to enjoy the process this year. Once again, I dipped into my craft supplies and came up with Staz-On Black Ink and a set of alphabet stamps that have seen me thru many a craft project:
The repetition of inking and stamping, inking and stamping, inking and stamping was somehow relaxing and enjoyable, no matter that it took a little longer to create the labels. I'm happy with the results ~ neat little sticks, lined in rows:
The pots then safely encased under my teeny Smith & Hawken greenhouse until some sign of life is spotted:
Now the excitement begins in earnest. The daily checks (sometimes multiple times) to see if anything has germinated, the transplanting of tiny seedlings into individual containers and marking their growth until they can be hardened off and safely planted outdoors. I start seeds on a small scale anymore, compared to what I used to do but the process is gratifying nonetheless. To me, it definitely marks the start of "garden season." Come April, I'll repeat the process with some beloved annuals and then I'll really know it's here.
PS I may or may not be around much the rest of this week. We have company staying with us so it will depend on how much time I have. Rest assured, if I don't make my daily rounds of visiting, I'll get back to it next week!