The time has come to get this fall garden underway. Last weekend we started our seeds! I’ve never started seeds before, for transplanting that is. I direct seeded the seeds into the garden last spring. And I would do that again, but the timing has been a little off.
Because I planted a cover crop this summer, I have to till it into the garden to get the most benefit from it. And then I have to wait three weeks….By then I will be getting a late start on some of my August starts. So I decided to start the seeds in egg cartons in order for them to have enough growing days before we can actually get them in the ground. I’m crossing my fingers this will turn out well!
Because it’s summer, I don’t have to keep them inside – thank goodness, because my kids would destroy them in here! We tilled the cover crops in last weekend as well, so in three weeks we should be ready to transplant some baby plants! I didn’t start all the seeds for our garden, but I did start most of them. Some of them can wait until September to plant and so I’ve only started about half of my beets and carrots. I’ll direct seed more into the garden when we plant the seedlings, so we can hopefully get two waves of harvests.
Starting the seeds was a lot of fun to do with my kids! We set out all the egg cartons I’ve been
hoarding saving, and then filled them up with organic garden soil – our vermicomposting bin hasn’t been going long enough to use the soil from that, so I bought some from the local garden center.
This was a great thing for the kiddos to do with me (hence the scattered dress-up clothes!). They love helping, and this was definitely one task they are capable of doing, so I let them. It was messy, but that’s why we did this on the driveway. Besides, all kids should be able to play in the dirt!
After that, we planted the seeds! I made sure to check my fall garden design and wrote down how many of each type we needed to plant and then labeled the egg cartons when we were done sowing the seeds. Because these egg cartons are recycled paper, when it’s time to transplant I’ll just cut them apart and plant the seedling, carton and all, in the ground. Pretty cool, right?!
I’m just itchin’ to get these in the garden! What are you planting in your garden this fall? Share in the comments below!
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