Sprouting seeds and container gardening-- the frugal way

>> Saturday, April 11, 2009

I didn't want to use any more potting soil than I needed to. And last year I had a lot of dud seeds. So I used the method shown in my post here to do soil-less sprouting.
I was really surprised how many of my seeds didn't even develope. I assumed that last year they had died from too much/not enough water. But this method showed me that some seeds just do not do anything. Bean sprouting on a paper towel that had been wetted down and then put in a zip lockbag, inspired by this post. I didn't know that the roots would grow into the paper towels. So I tore off all of the paper EXCEPT any that had roots in it. I then planted the rooted paper towel with the seed. Worked very well really.

I didn't have to plant anything that wasn't already growing. Any leaves that were starting I made sure were above the soil.

It also took up alot less room while they were sprouting. I kept all the baggies in a little basket in my kitchen window sill for about a month.

Soon I will show you how we came up with raised beds with out paying a DIME!

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