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Non-traditional Way to Start Seedlings

Any passionate gardener should not read this, because they will likely have a heart attack. But, if you want to start flowers or veggies from seeds and always forget to buy the nifty little greenhouses they sell in home improvement stores at the start of spring, then you should check this out.

Last year I really wanted to grow sunflowers from seeds, but waited until mid-June to buy them. So, I used this method and they came up beautifully. This year after a reader asked about container gardening, I was going show how you can grow fruits and veggies other than the traditional strawberries and tomatoes, using string beans as an example. Then I couldn’t find string bean plants at my local nursery. So, I turned to seeds, and in the process picked up some of my favorite flowers to start as seedlings as well.

What to pick up:
packet of seeds
plant containers
potting soil
plastic wrap
rubber bands
toothpicks

 Fill your containers with soil, leaving about 3-4 inches from the top. I save containers from my rose bushes to use for this exact type of planting. Sprinkle seeds on top. If you are going to use the same bucket to plant and grow in, then only put 2 or 3 seeds in the pot. I’m planning to separate them, so I split the string bean seeds into only two buckets.

Cover the seeds with about another inch of soil, and lightly water.

Cover the pots with plastic wrap and put a rubber band around them to keep it in place.

Using a toothpick, poke five small holes in the plastic – 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, 9 o’clock and in the middle.

Depending on the weather, you should start to see seedlings come up in a week or two. Once they are hitting the top of the plastic wrap, take it off and let them stay in the container for another few days before planting.

Check back in a week and see how  my string beans and columbine plants are doing!

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