- Category: 2016
- Published: Saturday, 06 February 2016 17:39
It's that time of year again! Time to start thinking about what I want to plant on my patio. I'm fortunate to have an apartment with plenty of patio space, so last year I tried this and had very little success. The biggest problem was the incredible heat we had here in Mississippi in 2015 and on top of that I have to use pots which quickly dry up in the heat.
In 2015 I used a large produce crate and an expensive (leftover) aquarium light to start seeds, but I had really started the seeds way too late (April). In an effort to catch up and try to compete with my dad's backyard garden (I'm not fortunate to have my own home just yet!), I bought plants from the garden center. I had roma tomatoes, better boy tomatoes, bell peppers, summer squash, and cucumbers. They all grew well and fast until the crazy heat began. I might have gathered less than 3 tomatoes, 2 cucumbers, and only 2 itty bitty peppers. The harvest was horrible, but I can survive thanks to local grocery stores and something called Hamburger Helper.
It's 2016 and time to start again and I'm not going to procrastinate and start late this time. It's the beginning of February here (South, Central USA) and the perfect time to get a head start. It should start warming up more by March which is when these plants will need to go out on the patio. The first thing I'm going to do this year is build my seed starting station and start the seeds. Let's get see what I've come up with...