If you’re getting ready to start seeds for heirloom tomatoes (or any other seed), you need to make sure that you buy something that has “seed-starting mix” in its title. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, we used Pro-Mix and Espoma seed starter mix for our seedlings. Potting soil doesn’t cut it if you’re looking to start seeds. If you’re a composter, you can use compost for seed-starting mix as well.
To start seeds you want to make sure your seed-starting mix is wet using warm water. If you’re planning to plant a bunch of seeds, put some of your mix in a big pan or pot for easy access. Fill your containers or flats with the seed-starting mix and then put your seeds on top. Cap it off with more seed-starting mix that is also moist.
If you can create a set-up for your newly planted seedlings, it is best to water from the bottom. This allows the plants to draw up the water, which makes them hardier and prevents overwatering.
The peppers have arrived! Well at least I can start to see them. Now peppers require the warmest temperature to germinate. Some say close to 80’. Our education building is usually around 70 or so. No news on the spinach.
Big seedlings in some flats already (cucumbers, peas, broccoli).
Starting an egg carton collection at the office. I’ve heard that the fibrous ones are great for starting seeds. You’ll also find that I may be one of the cheapest (or most resourceful) people you meet. If there is any way that I can avoid buying something new, I will. I always aim to reduce, reuse, and recycle like any good 2nd grader is taught. My flat covers for this seed starting project began their lives as protective sheets for our new chairs at the education building. Saved me loads of money and helped reuse the wasteful plastic.