What a long winter it has been waiting for spring. Last year we attempted to bring our garden tower inside for winter so we could continue to grow fresh and delicious food all year. Unfortunately, our window wasn’t quite as big as we thought and the garden didn’t get enough light to sustain any growth. We will try it again this year with some changes, but more on that later. As March approached I found myself getting more and more excited to have fresh lettuce again from my back porch. By the end of March I had started about 6 seedlings and transplanted them outside. It was still relatively cold, so I didn’t want to risk planting my whole garden only to have them die from our unpredictable weather.
I started my seeds inside in front of a window that gets a fair amount of sun. To help with the seeding process I also hung a small plant light we had been gifted with a few years ago. When you first purchase a garden tower they supply you with a great container to grow your seedlings in, however it has a black bottom and I found myself forgetting what seeds I started where. So this year I took a glass casserole dish and wrote on a piece of paper underneath what seeds are which. This is important to know when you transplant your seeds as you want vine plants such as tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers to be placed in the bottom of the tower and smaller plants like lettuce and basil to be near the top.
After I planted a few of my seedlings in the garden tower and made sure they were okay, I transplanted a few more, and a few more. Here is what my garden tower looked like almost completely planted.
I’m leaving a few open spaces for seeds. I haven’t bought yet. One of my goals this year is to try a wider variety of vegetables than I did last year. I already have several spots filled with broccoli, that’s a new one for me, and I am also excited to try cauliflower, chard and kale this year. In all honesty I could have waited another week or two to transplant my seedlings. They survived okay outside, but didn’t really start to flourish until the weather warmed up in mid-April.