Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Best way to start seedlings for a garden?

This week's Works for Me Wednesday is a backwards edition! That means I get to ask you to help me out! Previously I posted some burning pregnancy questions here (I'm 33 weeks today...whooohooo!), which I would love continued input on.

But on a different topic, I would love to know the best way to start seedlings. Online resources you've used, what containers are best, etc. I would like to start a garden this year, but we may be moving and if not, it will have to be a large container garden in our current rental yard which has no garden space. Any thoughts for me?


D said...

Something that we tried for the first time last year was sugar snap peas, and Gabe said this year I should plant 2-3X's the amount because we never had enough. So this year, I started 16 plants in my Aerogarden (but I am SURE you could just use a jiffy greenhouse in the sunshine- we just don't have a good window for it), and they started really well. I transplanted them into a pot indoors, placed it by the window, and put a tomato frame in it for them to climb up. I also started some outside, then I will start more later. They are not really a hot weather harvest, so I am trying to get as many going early as I can.

But the moral, starting these indoors has been very easy, and the tomato frame works great. :-) Have fun! (ps, I just use the jiffy pellets to start our seeds...they work good, but I struggle with mold...)

Lisa said...

My friend posted a tutorial on starting seeds at and she has many good tips. She has shelves with lights just for starting seeds, so it may be more that you are ready to do right now, but you might find a helpful hint or two!

Stephanie said...

I am doing a gardening series on my blog starting this week, and I have previously written about seedlings. The link is here:

Hope you find it helpful!

Larissa Smith said...

Get a newspaper, some tape, and a can of food (normal sized). Use the can as your form and fashion newspaper "cups". Be sure the newspaper is a few layers thick, either by folding or wrapping. Plant your seedlings in soil in these cups, and when it's time to plant them in the ground, you can plant the newspaper, too, and it will break down and provide a bit of compost. This keeps the root system intact, so the growth doesn't slow.

Bailey's Leaf said...

I wrote a WFMW post about this a few weeks back. My seedlings? They need transplanted today because they are so big.

Here's the link!