Getting Ready to Garden
Well if you just ordered your seeds last week you are probably still waiting on them. No worries, it's not really time to be starting seeds yet anyways.(If you live in the northern states, southern states have already started, lucky for you!) I will not be starting my seeds until the first week in April. If you start them too early your plants will get too big before you plant them outside and there isn't enough room in the little seed trays to hold their roots so they won't be very healthy.
So since we aren't ready to plant yet, today we will just be talking about the few things you need to get before you plant those seeds.
The most important thing you need is a seed tray. If you watch in the next couple weeks at Menards you should be able to get these for very cheap or possibly free. Personally, that's where I've gotten them the last couple years. Otherwise you can check out the selection on Amazon. There are 2 different kinds you can get. One like THIS that comes with the little peat pots that you water to make the dirt puff up. Or you can get one like in the picture above, just an empty tray with spots that you fill with potting soil. Of course if you'd rather do neither you can always just use empty egg cartons, but you need to make sure they don't get over-watered or the trays will get moldy before you plant them.
Something else you might want o consider is a heat tray. Last year my mom used seed trays with a heat mat and her seedlings turned out awesome! This year we will be investing in some to sit under our seed trays also. You can get a seed tray with a heat mat HERE or you can just buy the heat mat if you already have the trays.
You also need to think about where you are going to put the plants. Both me and my mom set up a card table next to a window with good sunlight and that's where we will set the trays. Think about an area that's away from potential issues(pets, ect) and and area in the house that will stay warm. You do not want to plant those seeds and then place them in a cold room, they just won't grow!
You also need to make sure you have some potting soil if you choose the trays without the peat pots. I bought potting soil last year on clearance. I know that both Walgreens and Menards both put some on sale for .99 every so often so make sure you are watching the sale flyers!
You will also need to think about how you want to mark your trays. I think that plant markers are way overpriced so I never get them. 2 years ago I just marked the trays with masking tape to tell what seeds were where. Last year I snapped plastic knives in half and wrote on them what was in the tray. Both methods worked good but I think this year I will go back to the masking tape method. The issue I had with the plastic knives was that when I took the seedlings out to get planted the knives fell out and I forgot what was planted in each tray!
That's pretty much all you will need! Be watching for these things in the next couple weeks to go on sale or get them ordered! Just a few weeks left until planting time!
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