This is a semi-update because a lot got done today, but all for naught. I intended to start more seedlings today with new soil because my first seedlings were overrun with mold. I had reused soil from last year – apparently it wasn’t sterile. So I took the kids to Home Depot, bought some begonias for my daughter’s garden, a bag of what I thought was organic potting soil, and two transplants (a tomato and a bell pepper) for good luck.
Turns out I grabbed some very much not organic garden soil – which I figured out after I’d already started 18 seedlings. This time I was using toilet paper rolls as starter pots, and as I was labeling them, my eyes traveled back to the bag I had just finished scooping out of to notice this admonition: Use Gloves When Handling Soil. Yikes! Why would that be? Because the soil was saturated with a bunch of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (NPK). And of course I was using my bare hands to set those seeds in the soil. Yay.
So what have I learned about gardening so far?
1. Use sterile soil when starting seeds, or else you get mold.
2. Leave the 15-month old at home when buying things that are stacked next to really scary chemical-filled things.
I do have one happy piece of news: three (out of five) of the bare-root raspberry bushes I planted have started growing!
They were sticks when I planted them, now they have leaves. Let’s just hope they actually fruit at some point.