Have I got a deal for you! Well, actually, it was just for me, but what a deal! I went to a local thrift shop yesterday with my friend, Diana, the cake queen. I was just looking because I didn’t have any money with me…….riiiiight. I found 3 Jiffy mini seed-starting greenhouses with the peat pots included……drumroll please…….for $2 each! I snatched them up and carried them around with me for over an hour. My arms were a little tired (I had also found a really cute bowl), but I wasn’t leaving without them. I did, however, leave without the bowl. Maybe next time.
You can see all the little peat pots tucked into their spots. Just add water and watch them grow! For all of you gardeners cringing out there, I know they are from last year and probably not the best quality, but I am doing gardening on a budget. I am keeping a notebook and will learn as I go. I also have two mini greenhouses that I ordered from Gurney’s Seed Co.
The growing medium in these is much better quality probably. They feel like little brown sponges and cost more than $2. Each kit, consisting of a growing tray and lid, 55 peat pots and a bag of seedling fertilizer cost $29.99 plus tax and shipping. I ordered all my seeds and these starting trays from Gurney’s this year. It’s a company from my state of Indiana, so I consider it local, and I like to support local.
So, yesterday when I got home from thrift store shopping, I started planting some of my seeds. Yes, I am anxious. I just couldn’t wait. I first had to moisten the peat pots in the Jiffy greenhouses. It took quite a bit of warm water, but they expanded quite quickly, about 10 minutes. Each Jiffy greenhouse has 72 pots and each Gurney greenhouse has 55. One Jiffy greenhouse is all brussels sprouts seeds, the other is a mix of 3 types of tomatoes. I have labeled the greenhouses with handy dandy Tupperware labels for labeling food dishes, but they work for this too. I wrote the type of seed, which rows it was in, and the date that I planted them. The Gurney greenhouse has sweet bell peppers and cayenne peppers, also properly labeled.
Two of them are on my kitchen counter right now and one is on the floor by my glass doors and a heat vent. I wrote everything down in my journal and now I wait.
I still have 2 greenhouses left, but I will probably need to buy a couple more. I bought a lot of seeds! Some of the seeds can be direct sown though, so I may do that with some of them. This does not include the seeds that I have already planted.
It also doesn’t include plants, such as potatoes, onions and garlic, or berry bushes, or strawberries, but that is for later. They haven’t even arrived yet.
I almost forgot, I have saved a couple of egg trays (I go through a ton of eggs!) for starting seeds in also. I can just buy some little peat pots, plop them in the holes and plant!
Well, that is all for now. I can’t wait to see the little sprouts start peeking out of their pots!
- Sowing…or is it Sewing? It’s Both! (gardengirl92.wordpress.com)
- Socker Indoor Miniature Greenhouse (archieli.com)
- Tomatoes whittled down to 27 (gardenbooyah.wordpress.com)
- Tidying the Greenhouse (thegardensmallholder.wordpress.com)
- Finding The Right Greenhouse Plant Container (abodetoday.com)
- Wooden greenhouses. (greenhousesenquiries.wordpress.com)