It’s spring. Kind of. Well, it’s getting there. February is that time of year when everyone is getting their ducks in a row and starting a container garden. Why start so early though? Well, it’s simple. You have hearty plants like lettuces, herbs and root veg etc. that can handle the cold and even the fluctuating dips and cold snaps (to a certain extent). Then you also have plants that take a long time to properly grow and sustain themselves. Plants like tomatoes and peppers etc. So while you start your summer crops, you can enjoy quick-growing cold-weather plants in abundance. This is quite simply how to start a container garden in one afternoon.
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The simplest and quickest way to start your gardening off successfully is by knowing what you want. Suppose this is your first time growing your own food, or even your own plants. Then I suggest you start small. Some herbs and lettuces are great, easy, no-brainer plants that can be incredibly hard to kill. I can’t recommend them enough. When learning how to start a container garden. You’re going to want to start off with some good-quality potting soil and small containers. Feel free to save small jars, take-out containers etc. As long as they are sturdy and can get some decent drainage (already have some, or can have some made) you will be good. No need to be fancy here. We grow on budgets, just like we cook on budgets.
You wanna fill your containers with moist soil, and figure out (if you haven’t already) what you want to plant. I have been craving deep dark green leafy lettuces and herbs as of late, so that is what I have planted lots of! But feel free to figure out what works best for your household. Once decided, use your seed packet to figure out how deep and spaced you will want to plant your seeds. Then just follow the directions, find a sunny space to put your new soon-to-be plants and wait. An extra step you can choose to take as well as to add saran wrap around the top with a few air holes in it (you can use a toothpick for that). This will help trap heat in the pot/container helping the little seed to germinate.
Once you have your seeds planted. The only thing you really have to do is wait and watch. Most seeds will poke through the soil between 2-4 weeks, and then after that once again depending on how many seeds and what the container size is. You will either transplant or cut the unwanted plants. This will allow nutrients to go to the plants most desired, and won’t disturb the roots at all.
A few notes:
* If you choose mint of any kind as an herb you want to grow, keep it trapped in a container. Mint is an incredibly invasive spreader, so you don’t want it taking any other section over.* If you have the financial means, I highly recommend a heat mat for seed starting. This keeps the roots toasty warm just the way they like it. It also allows the seed to not only moisture but also the heat it loves to sprout.
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