Easy Spring Planting

It’s time to get a lot of the spring planting underway. We convinced Nick and Louise from down the road to help us plant up a load of seeds. It’s amazing how hard the girls will work when bubbles are involved :) You can see all the paper plant pots on the table.

Planting central on the dining room table. Whether you are used to sowing seeds directly or transplanting seedlings, you can use paper pots. Once the seeds germinate you just plant them in a bigger pot or the garden without disturbing the roots. The paper turns to mush when it is in soil and rots away.

Conveniently, we can get a dozen pots into these plastic containers. We use fine seed raising mix and because you only use a tiny amount per pot it goes a long way.

Finally, the trays get labeled and put into zip-top bags as mini-greenhouses. We just keep them somewhere warm until the seeds germinate (7 to 14 days depending on the seed). The bags will fill up with condensation and keep the moisture and warmth in. The plastic containers and bags are reusable so we get a whole year of planting out of a set.

With all these seeds underway I have a couple of weeks to get the large house garden sorted out. Look out for a post on that soon.


  1. Robin Marshall Says :
    17 October, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Loving the blog at the moment, your seed technique is excellent – bags! A stroke of genius.

  2. John Says :
    17 October, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    What, you didn’t love it before? :-)

    Much as I’d love to take credit for the bag idea, it’s Karen’s.

  3. Suzanne Says :
    28 November, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    What a fantastic idea using the reusable plastic containers & bags. I love this – I’m so trying it next time I do some basil from seed.

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