Starting Sprouts for the Garden

This year I’m going to take you along on my garden adventures and blog about my processes -what works and what doesn’t work. So, here’s how it begins….

As winter began to wind down, I went to the local nursery and got a couple packs of starter pots. I got the kind that will bio-degrade into the soil and eventually become part of the earth that nourishes the plant it started.

I don’t spend money on those starter kits and mini-greenhouses. Instead, I save my plastic lettuce containers and use those as the mini-hothouses. I use the deeper ones so that the sprouts have some room to grow once they peek out from under the soil.

My zucchini came up first and quickly out grew the hothouse. I’m growing a new kind of zucchini from last year’s. This one has a thinner skin and a sweeter taste. It’s an heirloom variety and I can hardly wait to cook with it. I’ll post more photos and information about it in a later entry.

Creating these mini-hothouses was simple. I put potting soil into the small starter pots, and planted the seeds according to the directions on each package. Only one of the seeds didn’t come up for me. I decided not to mark any of my containers because I wanted to challenge myself at identifying the plants as they grew. Fun for me might be insanity for you. If so, mark your pots with the names of each seed so you’ll what you have and thus, where it should be planted when it’s big enough to go into the ground.

In this container are: tomatoes, watermelon, cilantro, tarragon, spinach, strawberries, thyme, and zucchini. I kept this container next to a window that got direct sunlight for several hours a day during the winter months. I kept the lid on, but not tightly so air could get in. I kept the containers moist, but not soggy. Except for the white sage seeds, that don’t like moist conditions, this worked beautifully.

As the weather has warmed where I live, I have now transferred the mini-hothouse outdoors where it gets far more sunlight. The larger and stronger plants will go into the ground, while the weaker ones continue to thrive in the hothouse environment.

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