Flats with cats
My cat walked all over my starter flats.
So I have started my windowsill garden, like, a week ago. I took photos and planned an informative, illustrated post, but then a combination of technical difficulties (my computer went kaput) and laziness (I can't be bothered to log into Flickr on my husband's computer) prevented me from following through.
So let me do the type-only version of my windowsill garden so far:
I'm starting with the seeds that will eventually go in my backyard garden: big boy tomatoes, roma tomatoes, cucumbers, and string beans.
I bought a 40-count flat of peat starter pots and I salvaged a black plastic tray I got from a nursery that is designed to carry 6 nursery flats.
The peat pots are in 10 rows of 4. I broke off the last row of 4 so it would fit in the tray. The tray is great - it's long and thin. It hangs off a narrow windowsill just a bit, but if you weigh it down with soil, it should be all right. Just don't bump it too hard. And keep your cats off it!
So now I have 9 rows of 4 peat pots on a nursery tray. I filled them all with potting soil. Then I planted my 4 kinds of seeds in the 4 columns. I wrote labels on some old envelope stickers I had lying around, and I stuck the stickers to the tray.
I had also saved the nursery flats, so I put the four oddball peat pots in it and planted some extra roma tomatoes in them.
I laid out an old dishtowel along the windowsill and put my flats on it.
Fortunately, the cat didn't knock the flats off the windowsill; she just warped it and left pawprints in three of the pots. I don't think it's going to set me back very much. Nothing has sprouted yet, but I expect I'll see sprouts by the end of this week.
Next: indoor lettuce, chard, and arugula.