The Greenhouse

A few weeks back, I told you all about the process I went through to plant seedlings to start our garden inside. If you missed it, you can read all about it here. I'm back with a quick update on how things are going and I'm happy to report that our plants are doing great! I had to make some adjustments along the way to allow for growth, and I'm glad I did, because as I sit here typing (on APRIL12th), it's snowing buckets outside. It's gonna be a while before these guys get planted into the ground.

The eggshell idea was great initially. It was a free, space saving way to hold tiny seeds that would sprout into small plants. But then those plants grew. And grew. Some of them grew so tall, that they became top heavy and started to tilt the eggshell, and most of eggshells had several sprouts in each one. I knew it was time to transplant them into something bigger. I grabbed some clear plastic cups from the store and filled them up with fresh potting soil. I made sure to label the cups so I know which plants are which, and I made a hole in the soil to drop the plant in. I cracked the eggshells and very gently pulled the plants out. I noticed that the roots were starting to coil at the bottom of the eggshell because they had nowhere to go. I transplanted each plant to their own cup and gave them fresh water. As I saw how much water the fresh soil was able to absorb, it occurred to me that they probably weren't able to get enough water in the eggshells. I'm still just misting them with water every day, but I've gone from a small mister bottle to a large spray bottle to make watering go a little faster. After dividing all the plants, I ended up with over 100 plastic cups of sprouts, so it takes a bit of time to water them all.

Our bedroom has the only South facing windows in the house, so it's become the home of what feels like a greenhouse. I had to set up a folding table in front of the window to hold all the plants. I love having them close by to check on them throughout the day, but I'll be happy to have my room back when they move outside. Have you started a garden? Or have plans to? I'd love to hear all about it!






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