Sunday, March 29, 2009

How to start seedlings

In honor of spring, I take a break from writing about writing to write about gardening. I'm starting vegetables from seeds this year for the first time. Throughout the (long, long) winter, I did research and ordered seeds for plants found in a basic vegetable garden, including 3 different kinds of tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, basil, parsley, and lettuce.

Now that we're about 6 weeks out from the last frost around here, I'm starting those seedlings indoors. Before the seeds sprout, they need warmth more than light to germinate, so their temperory home is atop our dryer, which I will try to use once a day for the next seven days so the seedlings get some heat.

I bought a few peat cups, which you can plant directly into the ground when you move the plants outside. This helps not disturb the fragile roots that have formed. I also learned that you can make your own peat cups using egg cartons and toilet rolls, so I did that as well.

I bought seed starter mix, which I've heard is essential:

And lastly I labelled the containers so that I wouldn't mix up a sun-loving tomato with some shade-loving kale.

I'll post more pics when the seedlings sprout, and I move them under the plant light, which I plan to install in another part of my laudry room.

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January said...

Now this is inspiring. I've thought about doing the same thing.

Writer Bug said...

Do it January! I'm sure it'd be a fun project for the kids!