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Seed Starting at the Bachelor on the Cheap "Greenhouse"

Starting seeds
Starting a herb garden, using re-purposed nursery containers and flats

According to the time-tested Farmer's Almanac, it's time to start some seeds indoors for spring planting.

The last frost date in my neck of the woods is on or about May 1, and with Spring Fever peaking, I'm anxious to get a head start on the growing season.

Today I'm doing some seed starting with cucumbers, a variety of peppers, tomatoes, marigolds, and a boatload of herbs.  This is going to save me quite a few bucks vs. buying starter plants at a nursery or one of those pop-up garden tents come outdoor planting time.  Starting plants from seed is a great way to not only save money vs. buying over-priced starter plants in the spring, but you get to customize what will be in your garden.  You get to choose what goes in your garden rather than having to settle for what a garden shop has in stock.

Egg carton seed starting
You don't need special trays, egg cartons work just fine.

It's easy to start plants indoors and doesn't take up as much space as you might think.  Have a window sill big enough to hold an egg carton?  Start some seed.  Have some space on your desk by that desk lamp?  Start some seed.  Heck, I've been known to pull some small appliances off my kitchen counter to make room for starting seed.  Being an avid gardener though, I've since bought some shelving dedicated for such a purpose.  My living room is my "Greenhouse."

You don't need special trays or those "Bio-Dome" kits for starting seeds either, egg cartons do the trick just fine. You can break down the carton to a smaller size if desired, and depending on the type of carton you can plant it directly in the ground, it will decompose in the soil.  You can write what you planted directly on the carton as well, easy peasy.  For those times you do buy starter plants at a nursery or pop-up, $19 flats of pansies at Stutzmans for example, saving those starter containers and trays for re-use is a penny-saver too.

After the joy of planting those seeds in a Spring Fever fix, comes the pleasure of caring for them, watching them pop from the soil, going from seed, to seedlings.  You can easily have all the starter plants and then some you'll need for a custom garden in about six to eight weeks, perfect timing for spring planting!  Start from seed, it's the Bachelor on the Cheap wallet-friendly thing to do!

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike


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