Gardening can be dirt cheap! Yup, pun intended here. I live in Zone 5A and I get sick and tired of waiting to get my garden in. The weather in the mountain west is so fickle. I virtually have no patience when it comes to getting outside and getting busy in the spring. I want dirt and grunge under my fingernails now! There must be dirt in my veins or something.
Start Your Own Seedlings
First, thing first, I started my seedlings on my kitchen counter. I picked up a bag of Seedling Starter Potting Mix which you can buy at Wal-Mart or at any garden supply store. I then took some cardboard egg cartons, that I had a friend save for me. Filled them up with the potting mix to the rim, and placed 2-3 tiny seeds on top. Did you know any seed needs to be planted in the dirt twice as deep as it is big. Yup, so I just dusted my seeds with the smallest amount of dirt over top of them, just enough to cover them up, and misted them with water.
Then it’s time to create your own mini indoor green houses. I placed my cartons of seeds into a store bought Bundt Cake container or a plastic storage container with a lid and cut a few slits/holes in the top for some air flow. Then close the lid and put it in a nice sunny location on my counter. I misted them with water everyday. Do NOT let them dry out! Within 7 days I had seedlings sprouting! Such a proud garden mama 🙂
Let your seedlings reach at least 3″ high before planting them outdoors in your garden. I personally like to grow my seedlings 8-12 weeks indoors, transferring them into larger cups/pots/2-liter bottle bottoms as they outgrow their initial home.
See?! Dirt cheap and you CAN start your garden now! Why wait? Let me know how your garden grows. I’d love to hear from you!