March WIPs SAL Update 4.7

Unfortunately I did not get any stitching time on my full coverage piece. Instead of leaving you without an update, I thought I’d share my March WIPs instead!

I decided to try indoor seed starting this year. I read a couple of books in February and did some research on an indoor growing setup. I followed this DIY Grow Light Stand setup by The Creative Vegetable Gardener. I purchased my metal stand from Amazon and my fluorescent fixtures and bulbs from Lowes. I went with T8 bulbs, one warm light and one daylight in each fixture. I used peat Jiffy Pots and Fertilome seed starting mix. The seeds were sown before I actually setup the stand and lights as I didn’t anticipate anything to germinate within the week. To my surprise, the cabbage seedlings germinated in just 3 days! They were a little leggy as the were reaching for light that wasn’t there. I quickly setup the stand and put both trays under the lights in anticipation for more sprouts.

The Cabbage was a fast grower. The rest of my seeds germinated with time. Cilantro and peppers took about a week. Eggplant and tomatillos took 1-2 weeks.

The seedling have been doing very well. See their robust growth!

Towards the end of the month, I started to harden off the cabbage and cilantro for outdoor living. After a week of hardening, I put the cabbage in the raised bed and the cilantro in a patio container.

This week I’m hardening off the peppers, tomatillos, and scallions. Hope to plant them next weekend. Now for some stitching! Sorry, as you can see, I’ve been pretty busy with the Spring growth. I did manage to get some progress in on a couple of projects.

At the beginning of the month I added some progress to Madame Chantilly’s Pumpkins Thieves. My goal was to finish the balloon and I did manage to complete this. The balloon took me two full skeins of Barrel Cactus by Classic Colorworks.

About mid month, I worked on Where there are Bees by The Prairie Schooler for my #averyprairieyearSAL update. Neko also turned 10 years old this month! The bottom half of the chart is complete, working my way into the top half!

During the last week of the month, I prepared my new project start for April. This new project is an embroidery pattern called Journey of the Ark by Jan Speed and Julie Larsen. I picked it up at our local quilt show. The picture on the pattern doesn’t do it justice. The quilted model grabbed my attention and I had to buy it! At the quilt show I also grabbed Valdani Thread and Liberty Homestead fabric.

In preparation, I decided to try out Sulky Fabri-Solvi printable stabilizer. I copied the pattern onto this and adhered the designed to my fabric. Once I’m done with the embroidery, I can wash off the stabilizer. I also created a floral project bag for this. This project is my new lunchtime stitch for work. Looking forward to sharing progress with you next month!

Looking forward to seeing how the rest of the SAL group has progressed with their projects! Join me by clicking the blog links below:

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, and Sharon

22 thoughts on “March WIPs SAL Update 4.7

  1. Wow ~ I am so impressed with all your doing. The gardening is awesome. I tried some indoor starts this season and had NO luck 😦 but gave it the try. I’ll watch your garden grow and I’ll stick to flowers. Your Pumpkin and Bee’s are fantastic…keep the mojo humming πŸ™‚ Sharon

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    • Thanks Sharon! I’m very happy with the germination on my seeds. I kept a daily journal on the progress too! I tried some poppies, but they are slow growing and some zinnias too which are fast growing 😊

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  2. I grew tomatoes and peppers from seeds last year with great success. Unfortunately, I made a decision not to get too involved with gardening this year and I’m already regretting it. Maybe I’ve still got time to sow seeds?? You might have inspired me to get on with it. Lovely crafty things going on in your world too!

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    • Oh I bet there’s definitely still time for you to sow some seeds! Check out the old Farmers almanac planting guide online for your zone. Those reminders have been a great guidance for me! Thanks Avis, for your lovely comment 😊

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  3. Wow you have been very busy. I always start some plants inside each spring just for the fun of watching them grow. I don’t need them as such as we have extension gardens here. You are very organized and I will enjoy watching the progress. I’m interested in the Journey of the Ark project…something I would like. Also love your Bees. I’ve added you to my reading list so I won’t miss out!

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    • Thank so much Jocelyn! Do you grow under lights too or by window sunshine? It’s been a fun experience so far. What are extension gardens, I’m curious!

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    • Thank you! Some of my leaves are starting to yellow. Will have to step up the fertilizer. Happy they’ll soon be in the garden though. Yes, Neko is definitely a cutie and a distraction 😊

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    • Thanks Catherine! Spring is always a busy time in the garden, but I love getting out for some fresh air and sunshine. However, today brought on April showers 😊

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