It is time. Time to start seeds indoors. Admittedly, I have never been a fan of starting seeds indoors. Like you, I get the fever, dash to the garden store and stock up on peat pods or attempt to start seeds in egg cartons.
Neither have ever, ever, worked for me.
What does work is a common, everyday storage container.
If there is a Dollar General store nearby, one can purchase, dirt, seeds (3 for $ 1.00), and a storage box all for around ten dollars (total). I purchase “topsoil” and “potting soil” then blend them together.
I also have “loose” seeds I have saved from my parent’s garden, and from Farmer Billy’s garden.
Using a plastic knife (the ones that are always left over after any gathering) I label the seed rows just as I would in my “big garden.”
After planting the seeds, lightly cover with the potting soil and place the lid on top of the container.
Now here is THE trick. Place the container in a sunny location, or, on top of your heating vent. This will heat the dirt and increase the germination time. Once the sun begins to shine, this greenhouse is portable. Keep the lid on, and take it outside for Mother Nature’s rays. One of the main reasons I don’t add too much dirt is to allow the plants plenty of room to grow. As previously mentioned, it is easy to add soil, but virtually impossible to “make room” for something once it grows out of the box.
Give this greenhouse a try and do let me know how it works for you, and Remember, keep those hands dirty!
Renea Winchester is the award-winning author of In The Garden With Billy: Lessons About Life, Love & Tomatoes a true life tale of her experiences in the garden with an 80 year old farmer. Visit her at www.reneawinchester.com