I planted spinach, radishes, lettuce, cabbage, celery, early peas, tomatoes and cosmos. Neal also planted some yard bean seeds left over from last year. He used old potting soil we had lying around and I used fresh, sterile potting mix from the garden store. I was paranoid about doing something wrong with my heirloom seeds, and I had read that it is imperative that you start with good, clean soil.
We also had to purchase a fluorescent light set up from the hardware store because that was one thing we just didn't have. We did have the chain, though, and Neal used it to hang the light which can now be easily raised as the plants start to grow.
We set up our indoor garden in an extra bedroom, not far from a window so there is natural light. We are leaving the fluorescent light on 12-14 hours a day and we anxiously check for new growth several times a day. It is so exciting to see new life emerging from our miniature garden. Neal woke me up this morning singing, "Sowing the Seeds of Love" and I rushed to check on our seedlings before even making my coffee! And, as I was typing this post he walked by and said "Get your clothes on woman. We've got farm work to do!" I think we may be a bit obsessed.
The lettuce, radishes and cabbage have really taken off. The spinach and early peas are starting to pick up production and there is a cosmo or two sprouting. And, see that large sprout in the black pot on the left? That is one of Neal's yard beans planted in "old" soil. There are a couple more beginning to pop up as well. I can hear him saying, "Told you so" with a smirk on his face!