Just a quick post here. I decided to attempt starting some seeds indoors this year for some of my garden veggies. Usually I buy seedlings from the local garden store in May, but I chose a few plants to start myself this year. The lucky winners are: collard greens, tomatoes, and onions!
I’ve added to the challenge by constructing a little greenhouse out of materials I already had at home, instead of going out and buying stuff. Since I really have no idea what I’m doing and I’m experimenting as I go, it feels quite adventurous and fun. Therefore, I am counting this as a tiny adventure.
Here’s what I have so far:
- I had some grow light bulbs in the basement already.
- Toilet paper rolls for planting (and also found some leftover containers in the garage from previous years’ seedlings).
- Aluminum pans for the containers.
- Cardboard from a bike helmet box for the supports.
- Plastic wrap for the dome.
- Seed starter mix from the friendly neighborhood garden store.
I’ve only been gardening for a few years (this will be my third), but I get ridiculously excited every time the weather turns warm in the spring. That is how I’m feeling now (a month and a half earlier than normal… crazy weather!).
Do you grow stuff? Any tips for a newbie gardener?
Update: the cardboard supports succumbed to the humidity and started leaning over within a day. I’ve since replaced them with dowel rods, which are working much better! Another suggestion was made to try using plastic bottles for supports.
Update #2: Ran into a few problems with the set-up and the seedlings. Read about it here.