Well the time has come to plant seeds! I love this part, It's hard but so rewarding. The two main reasons why I plant in March, indoors...
1. Growing from seeds take a long time, if you plant your seeds once it's warm enough outside it will be a long time until you get to "reap what you sow". Also living in Southwest Michigan, our growing season is much shorter than most places so I want to take advantage of our season to the fullest!
2. A lot of people buy smaller plants grown in greenhouses and transplant them in the spring, even though there is nothing wrong with that, It is a lot more expensive. Last year I planted 50 tomato plants for $.02 per plant. You can't beat that!
Because we have chickens, people give us endless amounts of egg cartons (far more than we need) and therefore they have become useful for planting seeds! If you want to use egg cartons, they are perfect for seeds just make sure to make a few small holes at the bottom of each pod for drainage (hence the tray underneath).
You can use so many things to plant your seeds in. My first year I bought these peat moss pods and loved them, but they were pretty expensive if you plan on planting a lot. The German in me saved the pods to get my moneys worth and planted in them again this year! You do not have to be this extreme.
Another great recycled item that you can use for seeds are toilet paper rolls. I cut mine in half and place them in a plastic tray. I start collecting these in February from home and work, I'm sure people think I'm nuts. The great thing about the rolls are that they are biodegradable and you can transplant your little sprouts straight into the ground not worrying about breaking them!
I also will plant seeds in unused pots that I have laying around. This way is a little more difficult when you go to transplant, but nothing impossible. Seeds tend to not germinate as well in larger pots though. Here I planted about 7 seeds and only 3 or 4 sprouted.
Do you have any creative ways to plant seeds? Let me know in the comments!!
I'm Kelsey Lee, a 24 year old Michigander, business owner, and lover of all things floral. The Sodus Blossom is my floral design co. that I have started from the ground up. Please feel free to leave a comment & follow along as The Sodus Blossom blooms and grows into something wonderful!