So this week, someone found the blog as she was searching for ideas on starting seeds in mason jars. Well, she found the right place and asked for a follow up so here it is. Thanks, Stephanie!
Given all my kitchen deconstruction and reconstruction, I’ve not shown given the seedlings as much time and attention as I had anticipated. We check in every day when I come in after work, and I’ve been providing enough water and light, but as you will see below, it is time to thin and replant. Please, no judgment, long-time gardeners. The weather’s going to be warm this weekend so I’ll be sittin’ in the sun and given them the space they need.
As you can see, the mason jars have done quite well as seed starting containers. They are by far my favorite. You can’t really go wrong with them except to over water. I did that once, and all I had to do was drain off the extra water. If you are observant, you’ll do fine with recognizing when moisture is needed.
The beans, peas, and squash are really coming along. The squash seeds came from a regular ol’ organic acorn squash from the store. As you can see, the table is very full now compared to seed starting Saturday and the update to seed starting Saturday.
The peppers were my inspiration seeds this year–the pepper seeds that came from a friend’s pepper, and I threw them in some dirt in a clamshell then forgot about ’em for a month. They sprouted on their own–so grateful. They’re coming along well in the jars.
I started some of my favorite sun-drying tomato seeds that I saved from last summer. I usually get these going too late and end up missing half a summer that could be giving me more tomatoes for drying. This year, I got a jump start by starting early, and I’ll start a new round this weekend.
The carrots are coming along, and I’m hoping that I’ll get to see them grow right in the jar (they are small carrots in tall jars). If it looks like they’re beginning to struggle, I’ll transplant. They are still a bit spindly to try to transplant so I’ll have to thin.
I decided to start some chard inside because I had some difficulty with it this past summer. I have already thinned it so it can get big and strong before I transplant.
Finally, I took this roots shot so you can see how healthy the plants can be in jars.
I’m looking forward to seeing how things progress after I do some transplanting and thinning. And I promise–it won’t be so long until the next update!