Give your seedlings a head start by planting early. Start indoors if you garden in colder climates. This is a guide about starting seedlings.
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I used a discarded zip container that a comforter was in and an unused Rubbermaid container to start an indoor greenhouse. I used peat pots and seeds gleaned from last fall's bounty. In a week, the seeds have started to sprout! I placed it inside in a sunny window.
By Katy from Amherst, VA
This is a quick tip for starting those seedlings inside. I get people to save me their plastic cups from 7-11. They are perfect for starting plants and with the dome lid, it is like a mini greenhouse. Great for tomatoes.
By Pico from St. Paul, Alberta
Anyone every wonder what to do with those hard plastic containers which hold a roasted chicken? I get salads with these hard plastic containers too. I just couldn't see throwing them away. So, I was watching a gardening show and they were talking about those packs to start seeds for the garden. I plant a small garden, I just couldn't justify the expense. Then I began looking at a chicken container I'd just emptied and was going to toss. Hey here's the same thing only smaller!
Using these containers I can stagger my plantings and label each mini seed starters. I also am using egg cartons, cutting a dozen egg carton in half is just right and will sit on the raised part of the bottom. so if/when I over water, the pots don't sit in water. When planting, I just slit the carton and put it in, no transplant shock either. So now, my produce won't be ripening all at the same time and my growing season will be extended. I look forward to seeing these seeds grow.
And hey, if you have kids, let them do this and watch their interest in eating their produce. (smile)
By Dee from Salem, OR
My tip is saving all the polystyrene cups you get at take outs, and use them for potting up seedlings. The take-away trays can be used as mini propagators sitting nicely along a sunny window; no need for a big glass house.
Source: My old auntie told me.
By Bubbleswire from Ireland
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Tips for starting seeds. Post your ideas.
By Susan Sanders-Kinzel 07/07/2005
Heat a metal barbecue skewer in the flame on the stove and use it to poke holes in containers you want to use for starting seeds. The hole will melt thru, and the plastic container won't crack.
What is the reason for covering seed trays with glass when the trays are to be left in a greenhouse?
By Clive from Staffordshire, UK
By April 03/05/2012
It creates the same effect as being in a greenhouse.
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