Starting Seeds

by Josh on March 18, 2008 · 6 comments

in garden,Projects

Even though a fresh coating of snow has it looking more like winter around here than it has in a few weeks, spring gardening is just around the corner. This year we are trying something new for us, by starting many of our annual flowers and vegetable plants from seeds.

Growing from seed has several advantages:

  • Saving money— seeds, soil and jiffy pots cost only a fraction of buying plants from a nursery (assuming they grow well and we don’t have to go buy plants at the garden center anyway).
  • Expanding options— the selection of seeds available online exceeds what you are likely to find available as grown plants at a garden store.
  • Involving the kids— kids of preschool age and older will enjoy filling the pots, planting the seeds, watering the pots, and watching the plants grow– and they’ll be learning a life skill in the process.

Starting seeds

Supplies for this are simple and cheap, too. You’ll need some potting soil, some peat pots, a sunny spot to grow the seedlings, and … seeds.

I haven’t scoured the earth for seed sources, but I was really pleased with the selection and prices I found at GourmetSeed.com. They have lots of heirloom and organic options, so I know I’m growing something different than what I will find in the grocery store or even at some farmers’ markets.

We started the earliest of our seeds last week, so before long there should be some lovely green shoots to look at. That’s a warm thought when gazing out the window at a fresh inch of snow.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer March 18, 2008 at 3:49 pm

I need to start my garden soon! AAACK! 🙂 Good reminder.

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Josh March 18, 2008 at 11:46 pm

Thanks, Jennifer. I hope that hurt hand of yours heals up soon!

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Sandy March 19, 2008 at 6:58 am

If the snow ever stops I will be digging around in my flowers (if the snow doesn’t kill ’em first)!

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Laura March 19, 2008 at 10:18 pm

Just started some sunflowers. I’m so excited!!!

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Josh March 20, 2008 at 4:04 pm

@Sandy: Ms. Bungalow has begun the Spring deadheading here. 2″ of snow are on the way for tomorrow–yes, it’s March in MN.

@Laura: I love sunflowers. They would be especially fun to grow with kids. What kid wouldn’t like to see a seed in the dirt turn into a 6-foot-tall flower?

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