seed starting Saturday!

Every year in mid-February, I haul out the metal shelves and plastic seed starting kits, and begin preparing plants for Spring’s warm sun.  Not this year.  Given the lack of snow, I’ve grown weary of winter and needed to do something today to lift my spirits.  I grabbed my seeds, a few supplies, and made my way downstairs to the den.

Our den has a set of French doors that let sun stream in for the better part of the day.  It’s and ideal spot for starting seedlings.  Believe me, one day, these doors WILL open into my dream walk-in greenhouse, but for now, I settle for rigging up shelves and tables.

Today, I have thrown caution to the wind and decided try a few things.  I did not consult with websites, books, or blogs, and decided to let Mother Nature take her course.  (Hmmm, where have I heard that before?)

So, what am I trying this year?  Getting rid of plastic seed starters and using Mason jars.  They looked so sad sitting on the shelf waiting for jams and pickles.  Plus, I am hoping if I watch the moisture level, then I can start veggies in ’em and watch them grow at the same time!  Won’t it be cool to see baby carrots growing right  in front of my eyes?  We’ll see.

I’m starting seeds a few weeks earlier than normal.  Typically, my gardens end up taking longer than I’d like to start producing so I figure why not give it a try.  Start seeds earlier, and nurture the seedlings a bit longer inside.  Maybe fresh vegetables earlier than July?!

Finally, I’m trying seeds that I have saved from veggies from the store.  They are organic, and I prepared them as I would had I saved them from my garden.  I don’t know what will and will not sprout, but I love the anticipation of seeing what might come of it.

After buckets of dirt and boxes of jars became planters with seeds, I sat back and admired my table.  In a few weeks, I’ll be watering the beginnings of our spring and summer offerings.  If that thought doesn’t cheer up a dreary, January day, I don’t know what does.

Photos:

seeds that I threw in a clamshell with dirt and came to life on their own
seeds that I threw in a clamshell with dirt and came to life on their own
supplies and my gardening journal
supplies and my gardening journal
labeling and journaling
labeling and journaling
jars ready to water
jars ready to water
jars covered with extra large plastic bags I had on hand
jars covered with extra large plastic bags I had on hand
my jar of Sharpies for labeling - couldn't resist - they're so pretty
my jar of Sharpies for labeling – couldn’t resist – they’re so pretty

3 Comments on “seed starting Saturday!

  1. I’m starting early this year too – makes sense after the last few no spring straight into summers. Curious to see how those jars work out. Sounds like a much neater approach than mine.

  2. mason jars– what a cool idea for veggies! i have been thinking about starting my seeds in the greenhouse next month… i’ll be looking back here for some tips! 🙂

  3. Pingback: indoor mason jar seed starts-6 weeks | growing grace farm

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