Wherever you live my dear reader, whether you are saying goodbye to your gardens, or hello to a new gardening season like I am, you can always check out how mine are doing as we start our gardening season very soon. So, I wanted to try something new this season!
My friends at Gardener’s (gardeners.com) sent over some seed starting supplies for me to encourage me to start germinating my own seeds.
I put together a Bamboo LED Grow Light Garden they sent, and it fit perfectly on our French Keepers bookshelf I was trying to sell online. So thankful it didn’t sell! This is in our laundry room. Are you ready to see what it involves? It’s so fun, come along!
I didn’t realize the importance of new soil – Gardener’s sent over Organic Seed Starting Mix and I used my cute garden pail from Daiso and added some water and mixed it. I used the garden scoop my friends at Fiskars sent me which is so perfect for soil.
You add water to the soil so it’s damp enough like a wrung out sponge.
Tap the soil down with the mini trowel so it’s more compact, and add more soil on top.
Now the seeds.
Gardener’s noticed I was collecting artichoke seeds, hollyhocks, snapdragons and more from my own garden. I have been a long-time customer of theirs since 2013 (they create the metal garden box corners we love). I have been truly blessed by their support of my gardening journey and friendship starting early this year. So they sent over the Galvanized Seed Saver Kit and I kept my seeds in there.
I’m also excited to start seeding indoors because I’m a little tired of feeding the birds all the time wondering if a single sprout will happen after emptying the seed pack.
These are my own artichoke seeds I collected!
Earlier, seeding was suggested to me but I didn’t feel ready or have an interest just yet. Then, after seeing my excessive seed collecting I thought about it again and realized I wanted to try it. I want to get better at gardening, try new things and it’s OK if I’m not good at it. Remember, gardening didn’t come naturally to me, and the interest of it has taken years.
I think so much of our life has to do with personal timing. When we’re ready it’s due to the opportunity or what presents itself and curiosity can be depending on so many outside things! That’s why I think if we’re not ready, we’re just not and when we are ready to pursue a new hobby or tackle a new project, do it!
I also decided I needed some actual packs of seeds since I don’t know how to collect seeds from lettuce.
Here are a few IG stories about how setting up my seed area went –*If reading from RSS or email, click to open full post.
Check out this article on how to start seeds – germinating seeds.
- You should buy fresh sterile potting mix that makes sure your seedlings are healthy and disease free – (I had NO idea!) Like this organic seed starting mix. Do not use soil you already have like from your garden or potting soil from your houseplants. (source: Gardener’s article)
- Seeds need 15 hours of light – you can use a timer to turn the lights on or off. Seeds also need rest like we do, so let it be dark.
- You need your seedlings to adapt to the outdoors gradually. The process is called hardening off. A week before you plan to set the seedlings into the garden, place them in a protected spot outdoors (partly shaded, out of the wind) for a few hours and bring them in at night. Gradually, over the course of a week or 10 days, expose them to more and more sunshine and wind. You could also use this Active Air Clip-On Fan 6″ I have one on a timer (with my lights) and it mimics wind.
After putting the seeds in their cells, some more than one seed (just in case), I sprayed water, and used the clear lid to cover them.
It reminded me of my elementary science experiment I did about plant and their perspiration under different sources of light. Anyway!
After I saw sprouts, I removed the clear lid. It took only 5 days. Hello new friends.
And within a few weeks, it was time to use my indoor Fiskars Micro-Tip Pruning Snips to trim down one of the sprouts, because it was getting too crowded.
Ta-da, now more room!
They keep growing, the artichokes have sprouted, and I’ll continue to keep you updated I’m going to keep them inside for a few more weeks until I can get outside, tidy up the raised beds and all. I’m in no rush to transplant them yet because the weather isn’t cooperating well just yet!
Meanwhile, I will be starting on a new set of 48 cells ready for more! I’m so excited because I am really saving money not having to buy starters.
If you love gardening, or plants, check out the products I used, I’m listing them all below. It’s been so fun and I also have the lights and fan on a timer for hours a day, remember they need to rest too, so night time is also good for them! Looking forward to seeing them grow in the garden soon. Stay tuned.
Also, you can still start now if you’re getting ready for fall planting, we have so many months ahead of us, so don’t feel like you are behind on this! I’m starting a new set of cells and will continue to do this throughout the months. So grab your kit and let’s grow some veggies and flowers together.
- Bamboo LED Grow Light Garden
- Organic GrowEase Seed Starting Kit
- High Mowing Organic Seeds
- Pop Out Pots
- Gardener’s Mini Trowel
- Galvanized Seed Saver Kit
- Organic Seed Starting Mix – One bag filled (2) 24-cells
- 4″ Wooden Plant Markers, Set of 24
- Active Air Clip-On Fan 6″
- Fiskars Micro-Tip Pruning Snips
- Fiskars Soil Garden Scoop
Diana Elizabeth is about to head out of town for a week and she’s hoping Mr. Wonderful remembers to keep the water levels high in them or else her science experiment is over. Thankfully it is self-watering, but a week is still a long time and so she will make sure she waters everything in the house before she goes!