Starting seeds is always a sure sign that Spring is either here or it’s right around the corner. This year I will be doing a lot of direct seeding right into the garden, as the garden soil is dry already. Seems odd for so early in the year, but I will go with it.
The 2012 box of seeds. There is a mix of seeds I gathered myself from previous years and also some that I bought at the store.
I reuse styrofoam cups over and over again. I still use the ones I brought here in 2006 and I’ve added more over the years.
I reuse all those trays that grocery store meat comes on. They are handy especially for putting in the windowsill during the day, as the trays are narrow.
Here’s a picture of my set up. I’ve got the heat on in the room and before long, I’ll be putting an oscillating fan in the room. The fan will help stir the air and also strengthen the stems of the seedings.
I have greenhouse covers on a few of the trays, but you don’t need them. If I use them, I like to spray the inside of the cover with water from a misting bottle. Put the lids back on and it has a greenhouse effect on the seedlings.
As always, the Inspirational Plaque is set behind the seedlings to threaten encourage them to grow.
I find that although I may start out with full trays (and then not need to label them seperately) I do find myself moving cups from one flat to another, depending on room, light and other variables. So I label each cup so that I will always know what is what.