This past weekend we enjoyed Spring-like temperatures and celebrated Seedy Saturday at Evergreen Brickworks. As the weather warmed up everyone around the market was getting pumped and eager to start their Summer gardens, myself included. I even gave myself a head start and bought seeds and the right soil early so that I could collect all the supplies I needed to start my seedlings sooner. This year, as always, I like to find greener ways to start my seeds, which would not only be environmentally friendly but would also save me money.
Some easy-to-find and recycable supplies you can use to start your seedlings include:
- Egg cartons, tomato or avocado cartons (the purple stuff in the picture above)
- Plastic trays from previous year seedlings
- Spinach/salad plastic containers
- Egg shells (optional)
- Seeds (if you don't save your seeds from the previous year's crops)
- Seedling soil
- Plastic wrap (to cover the starters before they sprout)
And if you're really lucky, after just a few days you will see a few seedlings pop up! Once they do appear they will of course need light. Place your seedlings in a sunny spot where they will get at least 10-12 hours of light or more if possible. Natural sunlight can be unpredictable so some people will add a light to the seedlings to aid consistent growth.