Starting seeds

The first project I did when starting “The Garden” was building a place in my shed to hang indoor grow lights. I went to a used furniture store and bought some inexpensive lights to hang up. I replaced the florecent bulbs with the right type for growing. I also saved some toilet paper rolls and egg cartons to grow starts from seeds. I ordered seeds from a couple local seed growers and away I went with project one of zillion DONE 🙂

 

Use what you have for starting seeds. Toilet paper rolls and beer bottle inserts.
Use what you have for starting seeds. Toilet paper rolls and beer bottle inserts.
Egg cartons for starting seeds.
Egg cartons for starting seeds.
Bought cheap lights at the used office supply store, $15 total supplies.
Bought cheap lights at the used office supply store, $15 total supplies.
Planters made out of old break tins.
Planters made out of old break tins.
Making planters.
Making planters.
Potting station.
Potting station.
Starting with Flowers first. Need to attract the birds, bees, and butterflies to the garden to help pollinate the veggies.
Starting with Flowers first. Need to attract the birds, bees, and butterflies to the garden to help pollinate the veggies.
Add the coconut core to the perilite/soil mixture and you have great potting soil that retains water well.
Add the coconut core to the perilite/soil mixture and you have great potting soil that retains water well.
Soil and Perilite mixture.
Soil and Perilite mixture.
Weight to keep the ground coconut core in the bottom of the bucket to absorb water.
Weight to keep the ground coconut core in the bottom of the bucket to absorb water.
Ground coconut shells.
Ground coconut shells.
Sunflowers are starting! Yay!
Sunflowers are starting! Yay!
Sunflowers, basil, and marigolds.
Sunflowers, basil, and marigolds.
My Dahlia seeds didn't start so I bought some from a prize winning Dahlia farmer. Much easier!
My Dahlia seeds didn’t start so I bought some from a prize winning Dahlia farmer. Much easier!
More starts from Joe's Nursery. A few different types of Thyme and Lavender...and more Tomatoes.
More starts from Joe’s Nursery. A few different types of Thyme and Lavender…and more Tomatoes.
Brought home starts from Joe's Nursery. Shallots, Cilantro, Basil, and Tomatoes.
Brought home starts from Joe’s Nursery. Shallots, Cilantro, Basil, and Tomatoes.
Second round of seeds to start under the grow lights.
Second round of seeds to start under the grow lights.
Lights are in and the seeds and soil is warming up.
Lights are in and the seeds and soil is warming up.
Starts are growing up nicely.
Starts are growing up nicely.
Bringing the starts outside to harden off and get used to the wind and temperature differences.
Bringing the starts outside to harden off and get used to the wind and temperature differences.
Fourth round of starts. Soaking the seeds and direct planting into the soil for these ones. Mid summer starts (after garden beds were made).
Fourth round of starts. Soaking the seeds and direct planting into the soil for these ones. Mid summer starts (after garden beds were made).
Peas sprouted after 24 hour soak.
Peas sprouted after 24 hour soak.
Third round of starts. More starts from Joe's Nursery. Green onions, Pablano peppers, Cabbage, Mint, Chinese salad mix, Rasberries, Grapes.
Third round of starts. More starts from Joe’s Nursery. Green onions, Pablano peppers, Cabbage, Mint, Chinese salad mix, Rasberries, Grapes.
Can't forget some plants for inside the house!
Can’t forget some plants for inside the house!

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