It’s that time of the year! The weather is still cold, but we’re poring over gardening catalogs and books, shopping for seeds and itching to sow them and watch the tiny sprouts emerge. The questions on our minds are what to start when and what materials to use.
I started some broccoli, tomatoes and bell peppers this week and I used cardboard eggs cartons and a few scoops of soil from my garden. Then I tucked the cartons into the hoops and plastic covered garden bed where all my cool weather crops are seeded and let them germinate!
No Space or Money for Starting Seeds? Think Again… – Rural Spin
This post has some fabulous ideas for keeping germinating seeds warm and moist to ensure a good germination rate. Their setup is made from easy to find materials and they even repurpose egg cartons like I did!
Earliest Planting Season: What to Plant in February – MomPrepares.com
Grandma talks about the seeds we can start now (this week even) to ensure we have healthy plants ready to transplant in the garden come spring. From growing tomato plants from seeds to figuring out your frost date and calculating the weeks prior to that to arrive at a good planting time, Grandma has all the knowledge!
The New and Improved Light Hut – Let This Mind Be In You
Perhaps you don’t have a good warm window to sprout seeds in the sunlight. Kristi comes to your rescue with a DIY Light Hut for starting seeds indoors. It’s genius and it’s made from super simple materials you’d find at your department store, or maybe even in your own shed and kitchen!
Easy DIY Garden Marker Stakes – Untrained Housewife
Once you sow those tiny seeds and cover them with dirt you’re going to get a little confused as to which seeds are in which pots. That means you’re going to need some garden markers! These pretty (and functional) garden markers will make identifying those seedlings a lot easier!
Mini Greenhouses – The Prairie Cottage
This is one of those Why didn’t I think of that? ideas that is just too easy and brilliant not to try! Using clear storage containers that will stack inside each other and hold your light and supplies when not in use? Just genius. And, while they are in use? Perfect warmth and moisture control for those tiny seedlings.