Is it Spring yet?!
My absolutely wonderful baby boy gave me a solid night of sleep last night. He didn’t wake up to nurse at all and ended up sleeping a solid 12 hours in a row. Let me tell you, I feel like a brand new woman!
Thanks to my natural high resulting from the peaceful night of sleep, I found the energy to run to Menards and buy the clearanced indoor greenhouse supplies I’ve been longing for since the end of last summer. This will be my very first time starting seeds indoors to get a head start on my summer garden. I am certain I will make all the necessary mistakes in order to strengthen my green thumb for future gardens!! Fortunately, I’ve had luck maintaining small gardens and dabbling with kitchen window sill gardening for several years now. I am beyond ready to take the next step and experiment with a wider variety of plants and nurture a large garden.
Let’s start our gardening journey together!
Gathering Garden Supplies
Next year or towards the middle of summer, I anticipate to save money by saving more seeds, replanting kitchen scraps, and using our own composted garden soil. However, I wanted to start early and gather some supplies from the store to build a solid gardening foundation.
I bought a simple four tier portable greenhouse with a double zip cover for only $16.99. It is steady and lightweight enough to easily move outside on our deck when we are ready to start acclimating the plants to the fresh air. It was an easy set up and my daughter loved putting together the 3D “puzzle”!
Meanwhile, that absolutely wonderful baby boy of mine decided to wreck havoc in attempt to make up for being SO GOOD throughout the night! He’s a stinker.
If you have large windows that let in a lot of light, you may not need grow lights.
My greenhouse is going to stay in the kitchen all year round, so we will be hanging one fluorescent grow light above each shelf. From my understanding, the grow lights need to continuously stay 3-4 inch above the plants in order for them to get their proper nutrients. I will have my husband rig up some sort of pulley system so the lights are easily adjustable. (He loves solving problems like this, so I know he will enjoy this task!)
Seed Starter Pots and Trays
I prefer to use seed starter pots that can be directly planted in the soil with minimal to no root disturbance. I chose to buy coconut fiber pots not only because they were the best deal, but because they are 100% peat-free, which helps to conserve the environment. See image of packing below.
You can also make your own biodegradable starter pots out of newspaper too. I have yet to try this but it’s a free way to gather pots and reuse newspaper!
I am using Burpee’s eco-friendly, organic seed starting mix. I will use my own composted garden soil in the future, but this is an excellent brand known to accelerate plant growth with all natural fertilizer made from coconut fiber. It was a good deal at $2.50 a brick.
You cannot forget the most important part of gardening: vegetable seeds! I bought a wide variety of Burpee’s always non-GMO vegetable seeds to try this year. I will be experimenting with cauliflower, cabbage, onions, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, sweet peppers, hot peppers, tomatoes, spinach, oregano, basil, lettuce, sweet corn, green beans, peas, pinto beans, chamomile, anise and lavender. I also saved concord grape seeds and pumpkin seeds from the fall. I plan on having a large pumpkin patch with pie pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns! I will also grow marigolds around my garden to help deter rabbits and other garden pests.
It’s GO BIG OR GO HOME!
Other Garden Supplies
Are there any other garden supplies you use to start your seeds indoors? Some people use heating mats under their trays or choose to germinate their seeds in water alone. For now though, these are all the indoor greenhouse supplies I plan to use. Wish me luck!
So tell me: Do you start your seeds indoors?
What type of plants do you grow? How many plants do you attempt to grow indoors before transplanting to your garden? Are there any plants you choose to sow directly in the soil?