Weekend Coffee Share – more seed starting

Welcome to the Weekend coffee share! Can I offer you some coffee? Or tea? I can’t believe it’s already Sunday. It’s my third day off, and I also have tomorrow off. Do you usually enjoy some extra time off during Easter? Is it a holiday in your country? It is here, even though very few people actually consider themselves Christians. 

On Friday my daughter and I rented a car and drove to a small coastal town where we picked up the bunny that she’s been waiting for. It was a very nice little outing. Our main focus was to pick up the bunny. My daughter wasn’t very interested in doing anything else, since she was so excited. She’s been wanting a pet rabbit for the past two years, and now it was finally time. She talked constantly from early Friday morning until we stepped out of the car at the little farm where we got her rabbit. Everything went well, and her new little friend is settling in well. She’s made an enclosure inside her room, and is trying to teach him to use a litter-box (the type cat’s use.) Her rabbit is a Flemish Giant. They are very gentle, and they also get very big. Her rabbits mom weighs 22lbs and the dad 15lbs. The doe’s (females) are usually bigger. My daughter choose a male rabbit. She’s been bonding with her new friend the whole weekend.

How is your week? What have you been up to? 

I’ve started some more vegetables this weekend. I’ve organised my seeds, and started three different varieties of salad greens  and five different herbs at my new balcony garden. 

I’ve had my seeds in little plastic pockets made for photos for a couple years, and I decided to put them together, and organise them by season/growing conditions in a little “seed book”. That way it is easy to see what I have, and what I don’t have.

I realised that I don’t have much herbs left after planting today. I am very happy with how the little “seed book” turned out.

We still have cold nights, but the balcony is protected. I also have a shelf system from Ikea, with a plastic cover. Sort of like a very simple green house. They come in two different heights. I have the smaller one (actually two of them,) that is completely inside the balcony, the taller one would be higher than the railing. I like the shorter one since it is more protected, and I can also display plants on top of it during the summer. 

I have three planters with salad greens placed on the long side of the balcony. They are hanging from the railing. I’ve covered them in plastic for now, since I just planted them today, and we have cold nights. The seeds will germinate at the exact right time, when the temperature is right. In mid June, I’m planning on having strawberries in all the hanging planters, it’s likely going to be too warm for salad at this location then, but perfect for strawberries.

In a couple more weeks, or so, I can get started at the allotment garden. I am super excited about that! My plan was to do some work there this weekend, but I need to purchase soil and have it delivered there, or drive it there myself, and the road to the allotment garden is still locked (due to winter conditions.) I can walk there, but there isn’t much I can do without more soil. 

Thank you Natalie for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share. What’s happening in your garden?



Published by Maria

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. I now reside in the region where I was born: Dalarna, Sweden. I am a mom, a kindergarten teacher, a minimalist and a gardener. Love, Maria

22 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – more seed starting

  1. Your daughter’s bunny is so cute!!

    I’m impressed by how you’ve organized your seeds! Mine are in a jumble in one of the crisper drawers in my refrigerator. I really need to reorganize them, but I never seem to make the time. Today I rummaged through the jumble and planted morning glory, hyacinth bean, portulaca, and sunflower. Now I just have to keep them watered and alive–hot weather is starting tomorrow.

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    1. Thank you Janet.

      I used to have all my seeds in a box. Later I started to put them in these pockets (that someone was going to throw away.) When I started to go through them yesterday a bunch of seed packages were in a total mess in that box, and some were in the pockets. I thought I had more seeds than I actually have. I’m happy I went through them.

      I love morning glory! They are gorgeous. I had a big patch of them at one house I lived in for a while. …and sun flowers, those just makes a person happy 🙂 Best of luck with your garden. I’ll probably have to get some sun flower seeds. My little sister used to plant them outside my bedroom window when we were kids.


  2. Maria, Thank you for your weekend coffee share. The bunny is cute. You’re well organized with your seed book (an excellent idea to use clear pockets and labels). Wishing you a bountiful gardening success this year!

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  3. Oh my crickey cutest Bunny ever. You will have a little livestock to give extra left over vegies to & a little fertilizer for your garden. Too cute. lol. Excellent innovation with Ikea furniture, can’t wait to see your garden in the coming weeks. I love your seed storing idea, I have mine in an old fashioned make up case that has a little mirror on the inside of the lid, which is fun I check how grotty I am from working in the garden. haha

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    1. Yes, isn’t he the cutest thing ever 🙂 She named him Munchkin.

      A make-up case for your seeds sounds like it would work very well. You are coming into fall now, right? As we are entering spring…very slowly. There was a light dusting of snow again when I woke up this morning.. Have a wonderful day my friend ❤

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  4. A bunny, how sweet! What has she named him?
    I have started cleaning up the gardens as the snow melts, but we still have snow in the shadowy areas. Supposed to get really warm this week, so I expect it will be gone soon.
    Bought some pansies for the front porch and some onion sets to plant out, should get to it soon. We had next winter’s firewood delivered (4 cords), so that is taking a priority getting it off the driveway and into the shed. We don’t work as fast nor as long as we used to! 😀
    Have a good week!

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    1. Yes, he is very sweet. She named him Munchkin.
      We too have snow and it is way to early to start gardening outside. The green onions I started are doing great though. I know some people are against cutting them, but I did that this week, and they are looking great. I’m going to transplant them to the balcony soon, and then to the garden plot when it is slightly warmer during the night. We are also expecting a warm week to come, perhaps the snow disappears here as well. Best of luck with the fire wood. If I were closer I’d come over to help you.

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  5. I love your system Maria – but, and this is a Big but, how did that curse which masquerades as a vegetable known as okra, sneak into your system?

    It’s not too late – as I doubt they’ve germinated yet – you can still burn the packet which I understand almost always works. Maybe you can sneak the seeds into the bunny’s meal. That should also protect your family from the atrocity of those slimy okra pods.

    For the pending battle between mom and okra – my bet is that you will emerge victorious.


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    1. I’m sorry for the late reply, you are hilarious Gary! I hope all is well in your world 🙂 Unfortunately it’s too cold to grow okra where we live now 😉


  6. Hi Maria!
    Your daughters bunny is adorable!! Does he have a name yet? I’m so happy you have a pet again and for her they can teach so much responsibility. 🤩

    Your garden plans are always so amazing. You are so organized with your seed packets and the book you’ve made for them. I can’t wait for it to get warmer so you can start really getting into your gardening. I know you start a lot at home on your balcony. What a great idea to make a makeshift green house or shelves. We had a good Easter here at home with my sister visiting for over a week. She will head back to Idaho tomorrow (Tuesday). Have a wonderful week! ❤️🐴🤠❤️

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    1. Thank you for your kindness Diana. I am very sorry for the late reply, it’s been crazy busy with school, work and the kids. This weekend I’m renting a car so that I can get my real garden going, since we had a very warm week 🙂 It is wonderful that spring finally is here. How are things on your corner of the world?

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      1. No worries, never too late and totally understand how busy we all can get. I’m keeping busy and my sister was in town visiting. I think I’ll share a post about her visit. You’ve seen everything on FB that I’ve shared already, it’s been helpful keeping busy since my family has gone silent. Some day I hope we all will be together again and sharing our lives. For now, patience and staying calm is the best thing for me right now. Thank you for asking how things are going, I have mostly good days and some days I just feel very sad. ❤️❤️❤️


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