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'10 Spring container garden sprouting

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My boys love all things seeds. They seek out seeds on nature walks, while flower gazing, eating fruits & veggies and then cover each seed with dirt. After that they leave the plants in my care and that has been a fatal mistake for many a seed. I over water, under water, shade the sun plants & sun the shade plants. It's unintentional ofcourse. As a beginner "gardener" and often times more by force than choice I make rookie mistakes and the seedlings pay the ultimate price, never sprouting.
Living in an RV has been an added challenge. Where do I plant our seeds & how can I keep a garden if we move so often? So the only answer I can see is container gardening. Which I've googled and looks to me like many people are very successful and creating beautiful container gardens. Well, mine is no beauty pagent winner, but I've got some stuff growing in there . I like to plant seeds in small containers to transplant once they've sprouted. My favorite seed starting container, a cardboard egg container. Cut the lid off so you have a 12 section tray that doesn't take up very much space. When your seed sprouts & ready to be transplanted just cut that little individual part of the carton off and plant the whole plant in it's new home. The carboard is compostable & the roots will have no problem continueing growing while the cardboard breaksdown. Another great seed starter is those drink carriers from fastfood places. Use all four drink spaces plus the center section. You don't get as many sections for seeds as with the egg carton, but it's free, it works & it's easy. I keep a large bag of potting soil in a plastic trashbin with lid. And since everything is outside & I need it to stay fairly clean, nothing is sitting directly on the ground. Plants are on tables & the trashbin has two boards under to lift it up.
We attempted our garden back in March. I bought a 36 section seed starting container and we picked up all kinds of seeds: flowers, veggies & herbs. I still have this sitting on the table but it was not a successful attempt at gardening for us. I believe the problem was that it was still too cold and the night temps may have dropped down too low for the plants. I keep watering and will give it a few more months to see if anything will decide to live, there are few little sprouts that are thinking about hanging around for us
21st May 2010, 02:58   | tags:,,,

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