I’ve had a lot of people tell me they can’t grow a vegetable garden, because it’s too difficult. Especially starting vegetables from seed. Seedlings can be tricky to sprout, and they need to stay moist and warm in order to germinate properly, and it’s easy to kill off a whole batch with a single cold day. So this year I tried a new method to grow seedlings, and it worked fantastically! I’ve never had better results, and need to share!
This method is best for seeds that are best started indoors: peas, tomatoes, peppers, onions, basil, squash, cucumbers, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower. Things like potatoes, carrots, most lettuces, etc. can be planted outdoors after the last frost.
Step 1: Fill the Egg Carton
Use the potting soil to fill each of the egg carton sections with soil. Make sure they’re all filled close to the top, then tamp them down slightly, and fill again slightly, if needed.
Follow the instructions on the seed package, and plant the seeds to the appropriate depth, and spacing. Sometimes this mean 1 seed per egg section, sometimes it’s 2-4. Cover with soil and gently press the soil down. Water with WARM water until the soil is damp. The egg carton will absorb some of the water, so you may need to add a little more.
Step 3: Place in Bag
Wait, what? You’ll kill them!
Yeah, I thought that too. But the bag keeps the moisture in, keeps them warm, and provides a better environment for the seeds to grow. The plants don’t need CO2 or direct sunlight until they’re out of the ground and have leaves. So keep them in the bag until you see the seedlings peeking out of the ground. Keep an eye on them to make sure the water doesn’t evaporate, but if the bag is well sealed, you may not need to water them at all.
After the seedlings have grown a little and have a few good leaves going, you can start hardening them off and transplanting them outside.
Loving the city, but longing for the farm, Melissa has made a hobby and a habit out of living sustainably, and DIYing, all while enjoying the perks of living in the big city. From Vancouver BC, she posts about making your own homestead from the smallest condo, and bringing farm living to rapid transit.
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