So back in late January, I got a wild hair to start seeds in all the extra mason jars I have filling up shelves. If you’d like to follow the journey from the beginning, you can read here and here and here. It’s been awhile since I’ve given you an update so I thought I’d check in and give you my overall evaluation of how the mason jars worked this year.
They were easy to use. They were being upcycled. They did not include plastic that would leach into the soil. They were easy to tote. I could replant sprouts into bigger jars as they grew. Sun could reach all the soil and keep it warm.
And best of all, I could actually watch things grow from seed to sprout, from root to leaf.
As you can see by the photos, all the plants grew well–very hardy. The tomatoes and acorn squash actually required staking bec/ I didn’t want to transplant outside too early.
- the soil will grow some green stuff (sorry, I don’t know the technical term for it) if it gets too moist
- when the plants gr0w an extensive root system, it is harder to pull them out of a small mouth jar–will only use wide moth next year
As for the starts, this is actually the most successful year I’ve had. I’ve raised so many of each variety that I’ve given several away. In early April, I actually decided to go ahead and start some 2nd round seeds so that I can have produce later into the summer/early autumn. I’ve also had problems in the past with bugs eating my cucumber or pepper seedlings when I start outside. Now, I have plants that can hopefully take care of themselves in spite of a few insects that get the munchies.