The idea of starting seeds has always been intimidating and stress inducing for me…until now. Now I’m jumping in the deep end and having fun in the process! Come see what I’m using!
Every year I go to my local nursery or big box store and spend a ridiculous amount of money on the most gorgeous plants for our home. And very year, I end up killing *almost* every single one of them. But I’m a firm believer that I can learn how to do anything if I put my mind to it. Heck, I taught myself how to build and run a blog so I should be able to keep some green things alive, amIright?
(I actually don’t know if I’m right…I’ll let you know by the end of Summer) 😉
*This post is part of our Fast Fix Friday – be sure to check out Lisa and Kim’s projects at the end of this post!
Learning Resources Galore
Sweet Friend, we live in the best time ever…I mean, we can hop onto YouTube and type in the search bar a topic about which we want to learn and voila! More information than you could ever absorb, right at your fingertips. And that’s exactly what I did when I discovered CaliKim’s gardening channel (I’m sharing the link at the end of this post) all about gardening, starting seeds, transplanting, growing, and All The Things. I ended up binge watching so many videos and decided I was going to give seed starting another go.
In the past, when I tried starting my own seeds, I threw some soil into a seed starting tray, plopped some seeds in, watered, and hoped for the best. They’d sprout, all cute with their baby leaves….then very quickly turn leggy and spindly….and die. I just figured I had a black thumb. Now I realize I did so many things wrong and I didn’t have the proper tools to grow healthy, luscious plants. Basically, I had no clue what I was doing.
So this year, I’m starting over again. This time with a little more knowledge and a few more tools to make the likelihood of success (hopefully) higher.
And the best part? Pretty much all of the things I need are available on Amazon! Praise be! Our nurseries up here in the frozen tundra aren’t even close to being open yet (we still have 7-10 foot drifts of snow all over town. Not even joking.) so Amazon has been my go-to source.
*this post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Full disclosure here.
My Seed Starting Supplies
(Clicking on any of the highlighted links will take you directly to the item.)
- VermisTerra Worm Castings – improves soil structure and fertility; allows more oxygen to penetrate the soil; rich in beneficial bacteria and microbes; regulates plants nutrients; supports against pests.
- VermisTerra Earthworm Tea – No, this isn’t for us. (eww) It’s for our plants – and comes highly recommended as an ideal organic fertilizer. My order is set to arrive tomorrow and I’m so excited to use a safe, effective fertilizer that I don’t have to worry about.
This seed starting essential improves soil structure; suppresses disease and pest pressure; is lab tested and free of heavy metals and pathogens; certified organic.
- A Seed Starting Tray – There are lots of options for starting seeds. This is what I’m using for starting all my smaller veggies and flowers.
- Peat Pots for larger veggies (like tomatoes and peppers)
- Seedling Heat Mat – I never knew tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants needed warmth to germinate well! Now I’m counting on this little heat mat to make all the difference for my seed starting efforts this year.
- Shop Light turned Grow Light setup – cheap and easy. Search CaliKim’s video tutorial for “grow lights” on her channel for easy set up (again, link at the end).
- These Grow Bulbs with the shop light mentioned above.
Of course, as I add more seed trays, I’ll also be adding some of the 4′ long “traditional” shop lights, but I don’t have those set up yet.
Hands down my favorite place from which to order seeds
For the record, this is not a sponsored post. The company I’m going to tell you about is not affiliated with me in any way. Heck, they don’t even know I exist. 😀 BUT they are by far my most favorite seed company.
“Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds carries one of the largest selections of seeds from the 19th century, including many Asian and European varieties. The company has become a tool to promote and preserve our agricultural and culinary heritage. Our company and seeds have been featured in The New York Times, The Associated Press, Oprah Magazine, NPR, Martha Stewart, The Wall Street Journal, and many others. Gardeners can request a free color catalog. Our catalogs now distribute to over 700,000 gardeners nationally.”
They have the most gorgeous selection of seeds – this year, I branched out and ordered new-to-me things like Chinese Pink Celery, a gorgeous bright purple Kalibos Cabbage, King of the North Pepper, True Black Brandywine Tomato, Red Swan Bush Bean, Buttercrunch Lettuce, Redman Super Cactus Zinnia, Flemish Antique Poppy, lots of Nasturtiums, and the fun-to-say Monstrueux Dr Viroflay Spinach…and lots more.
I may have gone a smidge overboard. Moderation has never really been my thing – especially when it comes to plants and seeds.
Do you have luck growing from seed? I haven’t before, but this year, I’m feeling pretty good about my odds since now I’ve got CaliKim’s YouTube channel in my back pocket, holding my hand, and telling me all the things I need to know.
Definitely check out her channel – I bet you’ll find yourself binging it just like I do. 😉 Here’s to a lovely growing season with much success!
FAST FIX FRIDAY
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