Anyway, the warmth and sunshine put me in the mood for spring planting, so I...................
1. Used my hot glue gun (sans glue stick) to melt drainage holes in the bottoms of plastic shoe boxes. 2. Made onion seed mats from paper napkins cut to fit inside the shoe boxes.
3. Glued 120 red onion seeds on one mat, and 100 seeds on the second mat. 4. Planted the first mat in some good potting mix, covered it with a clear plastic shower cap, and set the second mat aside to plant later. The shoe box lid works well as a tray under the container.
4. I had extra potting mix left in the bucket, so I made up a few soil blocks. I'll let them dry out, then re-hydrate them when I'm ready to plant seeds in them. The plastic shoe box, with drainage holes in the bottom, holds 21 of these round plugs. The container is small enough to set in a sink of tepid water to re-hydrate them. I used my homemade soil block maker, directions can be found HERE.
5. The next chore was to go out to the garden shed and find the old seed box, then get the dust cleaned off of it.
6. The final chore for the day was to get the seed box organized and ready for all the new seeds I ordered, as well as those I already had on hand. Besides using tabbed dividers, I also cut the flaps off of envelopes so I can easily slip the seed packages in them. That way I can pull out the entire envelope and (hopefully) not end up sticking packets back where they don't belong. I used the red plastic boxes for the larger seeds.
Now I'm six steps closer to spring!