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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Seed Starting..

I started 75 cell packs with 2 to 4 seeds in each cell. These are in rows of five and each row is a different plant. Yes, that's 15 different plants and I have many more to go. Hollyhocks, Sage Broadleaf, Dill Fernleaf, Sweet Basil, Cinnamon Basil, Autumn Clematis, Money Plant, Moon Flower, Balloon Plant, Cassia Alata, Spreading Petunia - purple wave, Four O'clocks, Cosmos, Cleome and Salvia Blue Bedder.
My husband bought these ecofriendly seed starting kits for me. 100% biodegradable, the plastic and the trays as well. I cut the cells into rows of five, now when the seedlings are ready to be transplanted either to a larger container or the ground one little snip and I plant the entire pot and all!! I have never used this kit before although I have used the single containers for veggies.

It also came with Plant-tone, organic plant food for when the seedlings are large enough for a growing boost!
I'm going to buy some more of these this week, it's just perfect for me. Oh, and the light, it's off of the piano!

21 comments:

Sue said...

I think it's cool that Burpee is offering the eco friendly products. It's about time. I have a seed starting kit in my garage I keep forgetting to use. Maybe I should use it this year. I'll need to wait until March. I am excited to see how yours turn out.

You have good looking kids! I hope they are healing.

Sue

Shellmo said...

You are so organized! I know you are going to have so many wonderful blooms this spring / summer.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I just bumped into your blog at Tootsies. I am also a gardener. So I find your blog very interesting. it is so fun to start flowers from seed. I wish you good luck!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hey Girl, How are you? Chad? By the way, I LOVE that new picture of the kids on your sidebar. What gorgeous young people!!!! WOW1!!!

I can't wait to see some of the spring blooms from your seeds. Glad you marked them. I'd get all mixed up--trying to learn what is what!!!!!

Keep us posted and keep those pictures coming.
Hugs,
Betsy

bennieandpat@gmail.com said...

It is some cold here and wish it was time to plant . Will just have to watch yours grow.
patsy

marmee said...

this looks very doable.you will have to let us know how they do?

beckie said...

These look very interesting, I've not seen them before. Where did you find them?

way to early to start seeds here yet. But it will be fun to see yours grow.

Tootsie said...

I used those one year...and they never degraded for me! My season may be too short...I am happy that you are seeding...I hope my seeds arrive soon...I am so far behind!

Leedra said...

Be careful with that nice wood table you have it on. We will be waiting to see the result of this.

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Peggy said...

I always get excited sowing seeds, maybe I should get out more! Its the thrill of seeing the first tiny shoots appearing.You should have lots of variety and colour for the summer.

Darla said...

Sue: Get that starting kit out where you will see it.

Shellmo: I am really not that organized but thank you.

Betsy: We are doing very well, God is Good. Thanks for the compliment on the big kids.

Marmee: You know I will let you all know if this is a success or not.

Tootsie: Sorry they did not work for you, I hope they do for me. Sorry you feel you are behind, it will all work out the way it is supposed to.

Leedra: That 'nice' wood table has seen so many children with crayons, paint, food, dirt and everything you can think of, it will survive this, I hope, if not out the door it goes. It's in our little breakfast nook.

Darla said...

Peggy: I too get excited sowing seeds. I have had pepper plants that took 4 weeks to sprout! We almost had a party for that.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I'm seeing so many people starting seeds right now! It's too early for me, but I can hardly wait!

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

Wow! I am REALLY impressed with your organization. I am another one with a seed starting kit sitting in my garage.

Cameron
Defining Your Home Garden blog

perennialgardener said...

I love the biodegradeable seed starting kits! It means the plants probably won't have to deal with stress & shock when you plant them into the garden. Clever idea!

DirtDigger (Tessa) said...

Everything looks great! I bet you can't wait for them to show their little heads! I love starting my own seeds, it's wonderful to watch His creativity going on right before your eyes :)

Dani said...

I wouldn't mind trying those. Did he say where he bought them from?

Roses and Lilacs said...

I have just been reconsidering winter sowing. Never had much luck in the past but I keep trying. Maybe those trays and individual cells would work.
Marnie

Dorothy said...

Darla, you are one organized, energetic young woman!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

fishing guy said...

Darla: Have a great time with these project, this is a rewarding venture when you see the results.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Hey, I didn't really do anything special for the balloon flowers. I even have good luck with them coming back the following season. And in zone 4 that's really a good thing.

I am not sure about the zinnia's. They were huge and beautiful. My yard was on tour of gardens and everyone loved the zinnia's.

I am looking forward to seeing your flower gardens.