Wow, excuse my absense. I've been out of town all last week and spent the weekend with the family, resting up to hit it hard at work starting tomorrow. I want to say what a game today. Very little reminincense of 2005 when the referees beat the Seahawks, I mean the Steelers. hehe.
Well, I just read an article linked from Freedomgardens.org from NPR saying that the damage done to the planet by burning fossil fuels is so bad that even stopping completely now would not turn things around within our lifetimes. More likely it will take 1,000 years to normalize, if we stopped now, which is impossible. My first thought... that there will never be a baseline for me to get a handle on this gardening thing. Every year will be crazy and unpredictable. Crap.
So, today was beautiful, but unlike a good gardener, I did nothing outside. The only thing I did was to buy the light fixtures for my system. I went the T8 setup because they said it's likely that the T12s will be discontinued next year. For the bulbs, I went a 3,000k Kitchen and Bath bulb, to be paired with a 7,500k Daylight bulb. That way I get the red and blue hues, or whatever, represented. I sure hope I chose right. I didn't spend much time doing research because there seems to be a ton of strong opinions out there. Besides, I went the cheap light fixture with the weaker ballast, whatever that means. As long as it works.
I also picked up a surge protector so I can have a light switch. It'll also work well to plug into a timer. Of course, we can't find the one we bought years ago, and I couldn't find one at Lowes. So I'll have to come up with one or manually work it (not likely).
Well, according to my brother's research. Today is the day to start tomatoes indoors. I posted a question on Ft2Garden.com about how I should germinate the tomato seeds I've got. Should I use my standard damp coffee filter in a baggie on the fridge? My seed starting room doesn't get above 60 degrees so I don't think things would germinate there without some help. So I was hoping to germinate them in baggies and then plant them in the dirt upstairs.
Speaking of planting them. I expect my first tomatoes will be planted in cups, but soon I should make a decision to buy the soil block maker or not. So it would seem that I've got some planting to do this week. Goodie! Spring gardening is starting for me (finally).
Enjoy your garden!