Crocuses are just starting to appear, and all but the biggest snow piles have melted completely, leaving only a few, tiny, dirty piles of snow in the back of big parking lots. Can spring finally be here? I hate to jinx it by saying so. But looking out my window, in perfect synchronicity, my neighbor is erecting another raised bed in her back garden. So I must not be the only one declaring it so.
In honor of Spring’s (late) arrival, I started some seeds. Without a greenhouse or heating pad, I have waited (longer than I thought possible) to start seeds. Wary of the temperature, I have started with veggies and herbs that don’t mind a little coolness. My basement set up, while warmer than outside, still isn’t warm enough for those seeds that like it really warm.
I started cilantro, kale, and three kinds of lettuces. This year I opted for a greener planting method- using toilet paper (loo roll) tubes as containers. It’s free, easy, green because I’m reusing and repurposing, and less plastic means less worry.
I am also hoping it will reduce work in the long run. When it comes time to plant them outside, just pop them into place without even removing the cardboard tubes. I’m hoping they will rot in place without falling apart on me before I plant them out (fingers crossed).
If you like to start from seed too, what are your favorite methods? Have you tried the toilet roll tube method?