Wednesday

Planting Spring Seeds Indoors

I wrote an article a few days ago and have posted a link to it at the bottom of this page. It will give you some good tips and tricks for starting seeds indoors in February or March. I have thought of an additional tip that can be fun.

I've started seeds between sheets of paper towels. Check it out: Starting Seeds Between the Sheets

Small peat coins can be a useful starting medium for seeds, but I like using potting soil with egg shells too. I think of it as being environmentally responsible. I save egg shells and cardboard egg cartons, wash and dry the shells, poke a hole in the bottom, fill them with potting soil and place them in the egg cartons. Once I add the seeds, I water them carefully and moisten the top of the soil twice daily with a mister bottle. When it's time to plant the seedlings outdoors, I cut away some of the shell with a pair of shears.

Vegetables often grow larger, faster and are better suited for peat pots that can be placed right into the ground.

Using eggshells is a little more work, but I find it satisfying. Maybe you will too. It's also a neat solution for providing extra nutrients to acid loving seedlings.

Every year I look around the house to find more ways to use the things I would otherwise discard. I also try to find more natural alternatives to the products I use. In cleaning, for example, I make up batches of four thieves vinegar. I also use undiluted vinegar as a disinfectant and antibacterial around the kitchen and potting area.

I recycle bottles to use as gifts. I fill them with homemade bath salts, herb blends, herb sugars, scented water, dried herbs, and as containers for homemade aromatherapy candles. These activities give an individual stamp to my gifts, and I feel a sense of accomplishment when I use what I grow. This blog offers instructions and recipes for doing all of these activities.

This spring, give herbs a try. They give so much back for the effort you expend.

Starting Seeds in Spring

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:53:00 AM

    I started seeds successfully for the first time this year, until today. This last batch of cucumbers were started in a Jiffy 72 cell tray. It hasn't been previously used so I know it's clean. Fuzzy fungus has started growing on the little peat pots. I took the cover off this morning. Is there anything I can do to save the seedlings and prevent this from happening?
    Love your blog
    Laurie

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  2. This happens to me when my seedlings get too wet and don't get enough good air flow.

    There are a few things you might consider:

    Put plants in a warm spot and put a small fan on them to circulate the air. The fuzz may die off and everything'll be okay. If the seedlings are large enough, you might consider transplanting them.

    If both those things are out, dry the plants out a bit -- but spritz them first with a little hydrogen peroxide/water solution (10 parts water to one part peroxide). Just a little,then let the plants dry out and keep them uniformly moist but not wet (and well ventilated) in the future.

    Hope this helps.

    Sara

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