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Starting Seeds a Green Home Improvement

Written by green1 on Apr 27th, 2008 | Filed under: Gardens, Inside and Outside

A few weeks ago we got a small package from my aunt and uncle who live in Maine. Inside the package were 8 envelopes full of seeds and a packet of information about each of the plants. With a quick trip to our local home center we ended up with enough starting trays for 250 plants. It took us about an hour to fill the organic seed trays with potting soil and to plant the seeds. After one week we noticed that about 70% of the seeds were now plants with the Scarlett Runners towering over the other plants.

Green Seed Packets

The seeds included; Morning Glory’s, Zinna Lavender, Scarlet Runners, Mixed Marigold, Zinna Mixed, and Orange Marigolds.

If you are interested in starting your flowers in the organic trays be sure to save the frame and roof so you can use them again next year. The “house” is a great way to provide the seedlings a warm moist home until they sprout up a couple of inches. With the clear roof your seedlings will be able to collect enough sunlight. One thing to keep in mind is that seedlings like to grow toward the sun and they will grow sideways if they don’t have light directly over them. We moved ours outdoors after one week and now they are growing upwards.

Green Seedlings In Organic Trays

Be careful when you pick your potting soil, mine contained to many chunks of mulch and not enough soil. These chunks prevented me from packing the soil tight enough so some of the trays are only half filled with soil. For another project I used Miracle Grow potting soil and I had much better luck.

If you decide to start your own garden this year put some thought into savings the seed for next year. If you have enough extra seeds they make a great gift for family and friends. It’s hard to measure the amount of enjoyment these seeds have given us in the past couple of weeks and they are not even flowers yet! Thanks, Aunt Susan and Uncle Bob.

2 Responses to “Starting Seeds a Green Home Improvement”

  1. Charlie:
    So pleased to have brought you joy so early in the growing process.
    Warms my heart!
    This is really nice to know!
    Your web site is really cool!
    Bob got pubished in Rider Magazine!
    love you

  2. Hi Charles! Good luck on the seedlings! I see you are using the organic planters I used too! They are great because you can separate them and plant the plants directly into the ground without having to transplant them!

    Best of luck!

    I also left you a comment on the goat blog!

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