Last weekend, we got the bulk of our seeds planted. Our daughter’s awesome preschool teachers saved milk cartons for us for a few weeks – a great big THANK YOU to them!
We used the milk cartons and the seed starting mixture from Walmart. We fill the cartons with the seed starting dirt, make a whole and put in roughly 3 seeds. Fill the hole loosely with dirt, water (not too much) and cover with plastic wrap. Last year I started using big tin foil lasagna pans (also from Walmart) and they work great to keep all the plants contained and generally under our grow lights. I am not sure how many plants we started yet, but I would estimate it is around 200.
Aerial view of some of the seeds we started:
One week later…signs of life! 🙂
This year we ordered our seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and Seed Savers Exchange. This is in addition to seed that we saved from last year. I am also ordering seeds from Turtle Tree Seeds, Bountiful Gardens and Horizon Herbs. We have ordered from them in the past and have been very happy with quality.
I also thought I’d share a few of the varieties that I’m the most excited about: Black from Tula tomato, Ivory Pear Tomato, Syrian 3 Sided Pepper, Cour di Bue cabbages and Genovese Basil.