Seed Starting With Recyclables
I tried to plant them in starter mix re-fill cells and peat pellets. Neither of these was working very well. I even had the fancy humidity domes. Not much luck.
What did work were the following techniques:
Milk jug starters:
I learned about using milk jugs for winter sowing while reading blogs. I even saved a bunch over the fall and winter months just for winter sowing. AND...
I never got around to it. But I thought that if they worked well for that, they might make great greenhouses for starting things like my nightshades.
|Brandy Wine tomatoes|
|Listada de Gandia eggplant|
Pre-sprouting in coffee cake containers:
I saved these coffee cake containers because I thought that they might make nice peat pellet humidity domes. Instead, I found that they make great seed sprouters. There are two ways that I sprout. The first is the technique that I used last year: mass sprouting. I used Viva paper towels, sprinkle the seeds over one half, fold the other half over the seeds, spray with water, closed container.
Beets are easy to space when they are pre-sprouted. They also come up faster.
|But this worked - really well! I planted the sprout, tp and all, into starter cells.|
Why stop at plastics?
I buy these fantastic sweet onions during the winter, but I almost always end up not using them all before they get to this point. It's happened to you too, I know it. I have planted green onions and shallots into the garden to refresh them in the past, so why not sweet onions?
|I stripped the onion to find the separate baby bulbs. I cut through the rooty base making sure to leave roots on each bulb.|
And of course, the best part of all this is that it saves money and stretches the usefulness of things. Gotta love that!