Very rainy day so I did a few basic chores in the house. I sliced up the turkey for the doggies and the bits the slicer could not slice got put in the doggie dishes. As of Sunday night both dogs are in a Turkey “coma”. I buy Deli Turkey breast (about 10 pounds) slice and use that meat as dog treats. I pay anywhere from $1.80- 2.30 per pound and slice the turkey thin at home, then freeze the meat in quart size bags. I think the deli turkey is better quality than most doggie treats you can and when you compare the per pound price to good quality dog treats, you are saving money. Plus I can eat this turkey, I’m not quite ready to eat most doggie treats.
Quite a few of the older seeds are starting to sprout up. I have at least one of the Sun Globe? yellow cherry tomato coming up. A Winter Melon from a seed packet dated 2011 is sprouting and the Bok Choy sprouts are going a bit crazy. About April 17th I can move the sprouting box into a sunny window/ under a small grow lamp. That will give all the seeds a chance of 10 days to sprout in warm, damp and dark conditions. Amazon has a small grow lamp for about $18.00 that will keep the light levels up to 8-10 hours needed for the new plants to grow.
This is the first year I have done a good job of starting seeds indoors. I have kept the plant area somewhat warm, in the dark and most importantly damp without over watering. I have to say the Jiffy staring beds are pretty good for the price of $8.00 if a little “floppy” because of the thin materials used for the kit. For a cheap $8.00 you get a tray, cover and 72 cells to start seeds indoors. I hope to get at least two maybe three years of use from the Jiffy seed starting kit. For the investment of money and learning about starting plant indoors for the first time. I think $8.00 is a cheap price for what I have learned so far. Plus it has been a big thrill to see those plants sprout from seeds, especially the plants from seed packets that are old or the seeds Mom saved.
This a tray/kit is a good place for any one that wants to start growing garden plants indoors to see if you will care for the sprouting seeds. If this starter kit works for you then you can invest in higher quality starter kits for next garden season. Remember this is only the beginning of the spring garden season. There is also succession gardening and planting garden veggies for a fall crop of veggies that need a bit of cold weather/frost to bring out the sweetness in some veggies. I stated I did not care for straw as a mulch in the the garden but I now think straw will be a good mulch in my berry planters. One of the reasons Straw berries are so named is because people used straw to mulch/protect the plants in cold weather from frosts. Mom is going to give me some of her straw to add to the berry planters as mulch.
For the city critters I’m going to cut back on the food in the feeders but focus on keeping the water in the birdbaths full of clean drinking water. There should be plenty of foraging for the critters and clean safe water to drink should keep the wild life healthy. In the fall I’ll start feeding again. Keep your homestead clear of stagnant water that is a mosquito breeding ground. You can’t control other people but you can mitigate yourself adding to a problem.