by Tammy Taylor
I like to use heirloom seeds for my veggie garden. But I still want to have green seedling plants to actually place in the soil in the spring. What’s an enterprising gal to do?
I bring out my “indoor greenhouse kit”. This kit is contains everything I need to get a jump start on the growing season.
I already have my heirloom seeds stored safely in the fridge. And within this clear tote are starter pots (courtesy of the plastic yogurt cups my dad saved for me), interim-sized pots, plant markers and some Miracle-Grow seed starting potting mix. Everything I need!
And of course the tote itself is magically transformed into my indoor greenhouse. The entire greenhouse-in-a-box comes down from the attic,. How convenient that it’s self containing!
Planting Supplies For Indoor Greenhouse
I simply pop open the top of the tote and bring out my greenhouse supplies: seed-starting mix, my heirloom seeds and my yogurt cups from prior years. The yogurt cups have holes punched in them for proper drainage.
I’ll pot up my veggie seeds in these cups. It’s easy to add a label for the planted seeds using prior year landscaping plant labels and duct tape.
Oftentimes nowadays I’ll turn empty cardboard tubes into biodegradable planting pots. I’ll write the seed type right on the cardboard. That way when it’s time to plant I can just make a little cut in the earth and slide the whole cardboard pot into the soil. EASY!
When my seeds have been planted I give a little my newly-planted seeds a sprinkle of water. I place the pots inside the clear tote, sealing the lid. I then place the tote close to a sunny south-facing window and wait. The lidded tote will give a nice, moist atmosphere for my seedlings to grow.
In only a few days in this moist and humid greenhouse environment my seeds will sprout. They will be ready to transplant into the garden when the danger of the last frost has passed.
I’ve already been preparing the compost for weeks in my compost tumbler. The final-stage compost has been separated into large tubs to finish its activity. It will be ready to add directly into the planting holes this spring. So my newly-planted little sproutlings will get a healthy start!
What a handy way to start your spring garden by reusing your supplies every year. When the transplants finally go to the garden I simply wipe out my pots and place all supplies back into the tote. Then up into the attic it goes until it’s needed next year.
Inexpensive and environmentally friendly. Now come on spring!
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