Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Green Thumb Inspirations!

This year, I wanted to take the leap of faith on starting my own seeds for the garden. I have no clue on how to start my own seeds. In years past, I would clomp down to the nursery to buy my plants for my garden with a furrowed brow and groan when I would have to pay 3 times as much as the seed.

Really Mr. Nursery Man? That much!

To my surprise, my awesomely inspiring friend is part of blog site that is about back yard gardening. She recently did a post on how to start your seeds in a very simple way.

Marisa, if you were sitting next to me, I would kiss you! In fact, I am so overly happy about your post, I would have to hold myself back to not want to stalk you! I will suffice with your picture poster above my bed! Yes, I love you THAT much!

To see Marisa's post please click here.

Or you can see what I was up to yesterday below as per following instructions of my green thumb coach, Marisa.

First, I decided to go with buying the soil and adding them to plastic cups approach. So I bought seed starter soil at the store.

I poured the dirt in a bucket so I could get it wet before I put them in the containers. This stuff is very fluffy and light, goggles made be needed to avoid eye inhalation. According to the coach, the soil also shrinks when wet. Best to get enough dirt in the container post shrinkage!

Next, because I am lazy and cheap, I used the plastic cups in my food storage to use as my containers. I poked 5 little holes in the bottom as to let the water drain out.

Then I filled the plastic cups with dirt.

"It's a cup! A cup with dirt in it! It's a cup of dirt. Just give me the F and move on!"

Have you caught on to my quotes lately?

Next, I bought a whole bunch of seeds for my garden. I am not a seed snob yet, but have a feeling that I am well on my way. Not even sure if I really needed to seed start all of these, but hey! Why not?

I placed the seeds in the dirt according to the directions. I then sprayed the dirt again with a spray bottle full of water and then covered with plastic wrap to keep the humidity in. Don't forget to label your cups with a black sharpie! It gives it the professionals touch and all!

Now, I am keeping my seeds warm and moist until they sprout. Their designated homes for a short time will be the top of my fridge and the vent in my office. When they start sprouting, I will relocate them to a nice sunny window.

See how easy that was?

Cake right?

Well, the test will come when we see if we really do get something to grow.

To be continued.....


marisa said...

You did great! You wanna be my BFF? Circle yes or no.

Atherley Crack Ups said...

so excited for spring!!! we (Jed) planted our onions last week, we forgot to in the fall. And I am spoiling myself this year, again, with lovely tomato and pepper plants from my dad. NO squash this year though. It is too much work getting rid of the blasted squash bugs, they win. My squash plants will grace my dad's garden instead.

Kimmie said...

You are SO funny and FUN with your writing style. I love it! You make me smile and laugh.

I have wanted to venture into starting my own seeds for the past 4 years...each year I tell myself I will, but it seems too complicated, and I don't have the "special seed starter containers, but your helpful hints and photos show that it is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

SO excited to put my cups in my Food Storage to use by filling them with special dirt and seeds and now the top of my refrigerator will be useful for something besides collecting dust.

Thanks for the FUN post!

Have a wonderful day..the sunshine has been wonderful to get us excited about SPRING (even though we still have snow on the ground).

Small House said...

I've always wanted to do this. You made it look so easy, I should get my act together and grow something. My big concern was that my house is so small I have no where to put them. Then I saw your seed filled cups on your fridge, and I thought, WHY NOT???? I might try this this weekend.
Have a great day.


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