Tiny Adventures: Starting Seeds Indoors

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:

Materials:

  • 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.

    Toilet paper rolls. I have sprouts already!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

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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.

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Update #2: Ran into a few problems with the set-up and the seedlings. Read about it here.

 

5 thoughts on “Tiny Adventures: Starting Seeds Indoors

  1. Marianna!

    Hey Liz! Do you need any everbearing raspberries or thornless blackberry shoots? We definitely need to talk gardening- I LOVE it!!! Especially the stuff you can eat. Nom. Arugula. Double nom!
    M

    1. Elizabeth Post author

      Ooooh, maybe! We’ve been looking for something for the corner of the yard.
      Yes, we should definitely talk gardening. I’m figuring it out as I go, but it’s so much fun. And so tasty!!!

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