I know my seed starting configuration is a little….well….unconventional. But bear in mind I had two goals: (1) start a large number of flower seeds with a limited amount of sunny indoor surface area (2) avoid buying anything other than seeds and potting soil. And the seeds are starting to germinate–so nah-nah-nah-boo-boo!
This is what I do to get past those last dreary days of winter. I plant flower seeds and try to keep them alive until it is warm enough to plant.
I’ve got a long way to go before my pink, yellow, and unusual blue-colored petunias are the envy of the neighborhood. My cat may still decide to have a go at these silly looking newspaper pots, and who knows if I’ll remember to keep them watered. But I’m optimistic—moderately optimistic. Besides, I desperately need to see some signs of spring after one of the dreariest North Carolina winters I can recall.
A Little Newspaper and a LOT of Seed
As tempting as it was to buy some fancy seed starting kit, I was intrigued by the homemade seed starting ideas I’ve seen on the web lately. I figured, “Why not turn some trash into little biodegradable pots?” Okay – so the ones I’ve seen on Pinterest are a lot cuter than mine, but I was going for quantity not quality. I formed these babies as rapidly as I could by molding squares of newspaper around a shot glass. It took me about two hours, not including the time it took to wash the newsprint off my hands.
Space is always an issue when you start seeds inside. This year, rather ingeniously, I solved my space problem with a dog crate, which has been sitting in my office, unused, since we adopted our dog. Not only can I water through it but it protects at least a portion of my crop from my cat who is no doubt agitated that this thing is now sitting in her favorite sunbathing spot.
It ain’t pretty, but if I can just keep just half of these little seedlings alive until they are big enough to put in the ground, I’ll have a lot of color in my yard for a fraction of what I would spend buying plants. And I’ll still be bragging about it by this time next year.
Of Course, It Might Not Work…
You’re skeptical; I can feel it.
So what happens, you wonder, if my crudely formed paper pots don’t hold up? Or what if I do something really stupid like set them out in preparation for planting the next day only to have them blow away? (Not that I would ever do something so dumb….)
I’ll confess my failure – hurtful as that might be. We’re all about transparency here at Greenspiration Home. And whatever painful lesson I learn, I promise I’ll share with you so you don’t end up looking quite as foolish or disappointed as me. Stay tuned. In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming pink, yellow, and blue.