Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tomato Seedlings and Saving $$$

I'm taking a short break from Tinctures and Herbal Remedies to bring you "Cup" planting and "Kitty Containers"

Yes...I am growing Tomatoes!!!!  And eggplant, beans, peppers, basil, cabbage, carrots, dill, yarrow, chamomile, sage, radicchio...I'm sure I'm forgetting some of the varieties.  But I didn't forget to Companion Plant!
Japanese White and Black Beauty Eggplants in Peat Pellets
I hate using plastic!  But then again, I also hate wasting money.  I transplanted the Genovese Basil into these red cups to give away as little "Thanks You" gifts and I didn't want to spend a lot of money on containers.  For $2.50 I have 50 cups, or 50 gifts! 

Genovese Basil seedlings
Red cups...Not just for frat parties and country songs!

These instructions can be used for LOTS of varieties!
Here, I'm planting Tomatoes! 

So here's how I plant seeds:
**Keep in mind that I'm preparing seedlings at a time that I might be moving to a new (to us) house.  I would normally just transplant into the ground**

For Peat Pellet planting: 
-Soak tomato seeds for 12-24 hours before planting.
-When you're ready to plant, soak the Peat Pellets (5-6 minutes)
-Plant your seed in the center and lightly cover with soil

For "Cup" planting
-Soak seeds for 12-24 hours before planting
-Cut 2 holes in the bottom of your cup.
-Fill the cup 3/4 full of potting soil or seed-starter mix
*Seeds do not need fertilizer*I recommend seed-starter mix*
-Moisten the dirt and then make a small "hole" in the center
-Plant seed 1/4 inch in the "hole" then gently cover with dirt 
Tomatoes planted in red cups and peat pellets
WOOHOO!!  I get so excited when I plant seeds.

For Peat Pellets: when your seedlings grow about 1-2 inches tall it's time to transplant. You can transplant into a "cup" until you decide where your seedling will goYou can also transplant into a large container or into the ground.

Did you think I was going to stop there???
Keeping in mind that we might be moving, I decided to make use of 3 of the 100 or so kitty litter buckets(maybe more like 20 but who's counting)  We get these for FREE and there's no way I'm throwing them away OR putting them in the recycle bin.

For "Kitty Containers":
-Rinse thoroughly
-Drill 6-9-12 holes in the bottom. We drilled 3 rows of 3 holes.
-Pack the bottom with a layer of leaves.
*Allows for drainage and FREE nitrogen and nutrients when the roots hit the bottom, plus they'll hold moisture.*
-I add 1 banana peel to the bottom as well for Tomatoes.
-Add your container-garden soil
-Carefully, remove the seedling from it's small container and transplant into your "Kitty Container."
*You want to bury the lower part of the stem.  This will give the tomato plant more stability and a great root system.
-Water thoroughly  

For more information there is a Growing from Seed page.
February 7th (tomorrow) is the last day for the .99 cent seed sale
The "RED" variety seed sale ends February 14th
Orders $35 or more will include an extra pack of Pink Oxheart Tomatoes

Have you planned you garden yet?  Are you already growing?  Do you have any questions about where to get started? 

I'm linking up HERE.


Angie Ouellette-Tower said...

Thank you for linking up to The Great Blog Train!

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...

Hi Mary, dropping over from Julie's This Gal Cooks GYB Hop. Nice to meet you. I have some "start your own seed" gardeners in my Recipe Group on FB, so I will share your link there with them. Love getting tips and knowledge.
"Just Me"

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...

PS I have also given you a Follow, looking forward to all your future posts.

Joan Hobbs said...

Stopping by from The HomeAcre Hop! I'm having a great time gathering information for my garden. I hope to start tomatoes from seed this year for the first time. Thanks for the information!

Safiyyah Abdurrahman said...

Great idea! I will do this. Is it time to plant the seeds indoor now? I live in Michigan.

mary_smith said...

Thank you all for stopping by!
I love to respond to all of the comments but if you are a no-reply blogger I can't!!

For starting seeds indoors, plant 6 weeks before your last "frost date"

Check out the Region-Specific Gardening posts for more information

Kylee Shaw said...

I'm a new follower from the Blog Hop So glad to have found your blog, I've been wanting to learn how to garden naturally and start from scratch. Looking forward to future posts! Feel free to visit me at!

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

SEEDLINGS!! What an exciting time of year! -Marci @ stone Cottage Adventures

Barb said...

I love how you reuse all the different containers!

Thanks for sharing this at Fabulously Frugal Thursday. I'm also pinning it to my Vegetable gardening board at Frugal Local Kitchen.

Cranberry Morning said...

I can't wait to start my Early Girl tomatoes - mid March for us. And I always just scatter the basil seed (3 packets) on the soil in the garden. I got a ton of it (well, not literally) last summer and made basil pesto and put it in the freezer. Nothing like fettucini with basil pesto in the midst of a dreary, long winter! Your post is so encouraging, to know that spring will come again!

Ladies Holiday said...

Seeing these sprouts gets me so excited for spring! (As we in the northeast get hit by Nemo!)

Thanks for linking up with Photo Friday- hope to see you again next week with another great link :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, I had no idea about soaking the seedlings! Thank you for sharing that, Mary!

Thanks for sharing at the Farm Girl Blog Fest, Joan! Great to have you!

~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

Lisa Lynn said...

What a great gift! Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop!

Katherines Corner said...

yes!!!xo P.S. thank you for sharing at the hop

Stephanie {Naturally Mindful} said...

I'm so glad I found a gardening blog! I want to learn as much as I can to have a own little garden this year. I found you at the LHITS Linky, by the way :)

Savard Studios said...

I love this post! Love gardening but haven't been too successful with starting with seeds indoors. Probably because I forget to water. :)
You newest follower from the meet and greet!

Sarah said...

I am currently house hunting for our first house and I'm determined to have a garden, but I have a black thumb. :( I'm excited to read all the tips you have for gardening! Maybe I won't kill everything I plant with your advice! Excited to read more!

New follower from the meet and greet!
I am currently house hunting for our first house and I'm determined to have a garden, but I have a black thumb. :( I'm excited to read all the tips you have for gardening! Maybe I won't kill everything I plant with your advice!

Seaweed and Raine said...

Banana peel you say? I'll have to try that one! I grew cherry tomatoes this summer, and the biggest problem I had was keeping the birds off (sneaky little pests)! I've bookmarked this post for future reference. Thanks! :)

Countrified Hicks said...

Love what you did. I just had a link up go live and would love for you to come and join us.

Anonymous said...

Happy Monday.
I'm your follower,
Visit from Inspire Me Monday Blog Hop,
Would be great if you can visit and link up.
Have a nice day.

April Tuell said...

I've never had luck with growing tomatoes from seed. Your easy instructions sure make me want to try again! I have a party going on called Saturday Spotlight, and I'd love for you to drop by and share this or any of your other great ideas!

Michelle {The Purple Pumpkin Blog} said...

Some fab growing tips! Hope to get some of my seeds started in a few weeks time, still cold over here in the UK :(

Thank you for coming over and sharing this at The Purple Pumpkin Blog Link Party! Hope to see you again next time!

Michelle xx

Lisa Lynn said...

You've got quite a jump on my garden :) Thank you so much for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! I hope to see you again tomorrow! Here's the link:

Have a wonderful weekend!

Lelanie Denso said...

I really love the idea of having my own herb garden. thanks for sharing this post!

Isabelle Thornton said...

This makes me so exited about spring!!! Very nice post and blog!
I would love if you link this to my link party Monday morning!

Lori @ said...

Thanks for sharing the step-by-step process. I don't have a lot of experience gardening/growing, so seeing what you do it valuable. (Our daughter has cats, so I'll be asking her to save her kitty litter boxes!)