Once the seeds sprouted so beautifully on the counter, I wanted a way to plant them in containers that will give the vegetables plenty of room to grow. And because these “seedlings” must spend most of their childhood in a container (as we will not be heading to the lake until well past planting season, and I want the vegetables to be well on their way), I looked around for a ver large container that is “plantable.” Giant-sized peat-pots, specifically.
There they were, in my pantry. Cereal and pasta boxes that were ready for the recycling bin. I cut these cardboard boxes in half, and filled them with dirt (securing the bottom with duct tape), and loaded up the seeds.
The plan is to keep them moist, in a room wiht plenty of light, until Memorial Day, and then, just drop the whole box in the ground at planinting time. I expect that the green beans will have a little something to share from their plants two weeks after that. Lettuce, kale peas and other greens, should have something to share in a few days after planting, if not before.
Any thoughts I had of skipping the whole vegetable garden, for fear that it’s too overwhelming have quickly vanished. The thought of picking “dinner” at the lake is just too irresitible.
If I want the time needed to create a healthy garden like this one, I’ll need to start the seeds and plants indoors.
Here’s a recap of what I did:
Better yet, I’ll pre-start them by soaking them in water, just like I do “beans” for cooking, to start the sprouting process early. Right away, I’ll be able to see if any of my old seeds are “bad” and jump start the growth. I think this will be faster than just letting them sprout under soil… I’ve read it will. Anyway, I like the transparency of the whole thing. Seeing what power these seeds are made of.
I simply soaked the beans in a cup of water