Tips & Tidbits for Planting Seeds Early!

Start your Seedling Indoors for earlier Harvest!

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The warmer weather, bright sunshine, and freshness in the air has me seriously thinking about Spring! I have been talking about getting my garden ready and planned out, and now it’s time to start planting those seeds early so they’ll be ready to transfer to the outside beds at just the right time!!

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One frugal and earth-friendly way of starting your seeds early is by using an old egg carton (non-Styrofoam). Simply cut off the top, fill it to the brim with garden soil, and plant your seeds! Depending on the amount of starts that I am wanting, I may end up using an egg carton per seed category. This is also a family-friendly way of getting your kids excited about gardening, fresh veggies, and have the responsibility to take care of “their own” choice of food. My kids do this every year, and they are so much more excited about the process from seed to plate!!

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We try to grow an organic and self-sustaining garden, so to begin with, I look for specific soil and seeds. If this is your focus as well, an Organic Potting Mix is a great starter. I also try to look for Heirloom Seeds so that I can reuse the seeds from this year’s harvest to replant next year. (This year I have Heirloom tomato, beet, and cucumber seeds that I get to use from last year which I am VERY excited about!)

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While This does take up quite a bit of space on your kitchen counter (or another place with sunshine), it’s well worth it when you have a head start on your harvest later on!! Or, if you have some extra space in your yard you can always try out a small greenhouse and grow your seedlings in there!

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Next week I’ll be talking about companion planting and using strategic planning to get the most out of your gardening space!

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Comments

  • Tia

    When transplanting the seedlings into a larger pot, do you just scoop out each “egg cup” and put it in the new soil?

    • You can keep it in the egg cup since it will break down into the soil, but pull apart the bottom portion of the egg carton a bit to allow for the roots to easily grow through to the new soil. Or, if you feel more comfortable taking them out of the egg carton, you can gently pull them out by tipping it over and pinching it out and pulling at the very base of the seedling.

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