Even though there's at least a couple feet of packed snow on the ground, more being added on a regular basis, we're still hitting below 0, and even got as cold as -20 for a low last week, it's still feeling like spring to me around here. We have a lot more light, it's getting light around 7am and dark around 7 pm, we are above zero during the day (and actually have a temperature difference between the high and low), and IT'S TIME TO START SEEDS! After a long, cold, white, winter, nothing makes me more happy that to put my hands in the dirt again and see green growing things, even if it's only indoors.
I recently trudged outdoors to retrieve my seed starting trays and packs from the greenhouse. It's always a chore because the greenhouse is in an area where the snow doesn't get packed, luckily my husband had a small trail packed on the way out there, but if I stepped off of it (which I did a couple times) it was over knee deep powdery snow. He had also shoveled around the door for me so that it could be opened.
I started some flowers mid February, Delphinium, Columbine, Pansy, Petunia, and Echinacea. Yesterday I planted several herbs, thyme, basil, dill, cilantro, sage, and oregano. I also planted several varieties of tomato to go out into the greenhouse. I started Siletz, Oregon Spring, Early Tanana, Nova, Manitoba, Sungold and Sweetie cherry tomatoes and a few varieties of heirloom slicing tomato seeds I saved from my CSA, I have no idea what the varieties are though. I grow determinate tomato varieties and early varieties to hopefully get some tomatoes in our short, cool growing season. I have so far been very unsuccessful with tomatoes, so I'll keep you posted.
I used a moistened organic seed starting mix, placed into packs of 9 saved from previous years, labeled and covered with plastic wrap.
Then put them under regular florescent shop light placed 3-4 inches above the plants, lights on heating pads for 1-2 weeks until the starts have emerged, then uncover and remove the heating pad.