Ok so I love to garden year-round and I kinda have the climate for it here in Texas. But in the cold weather I do like to start some of my slower growing spring and summer crops to give them a head start.
So, I use a shelf, lights, and heating mats to start seeds and grow them inside until the weather is right for them to move outside.
It let’s me feel like I’m doing something instead of just watching and waiting for the weather to warm up. Plus, it gives me decent size tomatoes and other crops when I do put them outside so that they produce sooner.
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In Texas we have “seasons” in the summer for tomato growing… lol I can get tomatoes in the spring, if I get them in the ground soon enough – and then midsummer they stop producing because they don’t llike the heat, some people pull them out and quit – not me! lol
I water and shade them until the end of summer and I actually, this year, pulled in my last batch of tomatoes in January – the weather was mild enough that they continued to produce.
Today I thought we could talk about seed starting supplies. There are tons of things you can use at home to start seeds with, like:
- egg cartons
- toilet paper rolls
- plastic/styrofoam cups
- and more
And you can use a south facing window, a shelf or windowsill, tin foil to reflect more light, and more – you don’t have to buy a bunch of stuff to get started.
But some of things we’ll talk about today can come in handy as your setup and interest in gardening grows.
Here are some ideas:
There are a thousand ways to start seeds, it doesn’t matter which one you choose – just choose one and get started!
Try a few different ways and record the progress, gardening is all an experiment. Trying different ways and recording what happened makes your decisions for the next time that much easier.
Let us know which method(s) you chose, we’d love to hear about your gardening journey, too!