Growing Seeds Indoors (And I’m a Big Chicken!)

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 9, 2011

Y’all.

I’m a big “start your seeds indoors” chicken.

I had lofty goals. I had a list of seeds I wanted to start indoors. I had dates written next to the seeds as to when they need to be planted.

And those dates have come and gone.

Partly because I forgot. Mostly because I’m a chicken.

So when I saw the sign out front of the local nursery that we drive by every day on the way to and from school, this chicken ran right in!

“Cold Weather Veggies are In”

The marquee. It’s also mostly to blame for my chicken-ness this year.

You see, they’d already done all the work for me. And they knew what they were doing. So the little plants would be thriving.

I bought a few buttercrisp lettuce starters, some cabbage and some kale (which you can barely see the edge of a leaf.)  They are currently sitting in my quiche dish, that I keep a steady supply of water in the base of, to keep them hydrated. The quiche dish sits right in our front bay window and gets sun most of the morning and part of the afternoon. A partial greenhouse. But not really.

They will be making their way outside. Today.

I hope.

And with them, I’ll be burying the chicken part of me as well.

Perhaps next year I will get some seeds planted indoors!

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Rebecca April 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I thought we had missed the planting season for our garden due to my unexpected hospital stay, but I read some of the seed packets, and they say “sow outdoors April-May” and they don’t require being started inside first. Sure, it means my broccoli and stuff might take an extra month to mature, but at least I can have some veggies growing!

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Sarah Bagley April 9, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I was a big seed chicken too until I tried Family Fun magazine’s idea of using baseball card sleeves and suction cup hooks. You start the seeds the sleeves and hang them up in the window. I really didn’t think it would work but 2 weeks in and I’ve got big plants that need translating now! the biggest question is what to do with them now until I can plant after Mother’s day.

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Crystal April 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I am not a chicken. I am addicted to seeds. I have a nice collection, but I am definitely not doing something right. I do have a couple of very tiny tomato and pepper plants, but when I see the ones at the garden store, I compare them to mine, and I grab a few plants. If my garden experiment succeeds this year, then I may invest in some grow lamps to see if that helps my seedlings.

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sheila April 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I am a newbie to gardening, ok I have tried for the past 5 years! The first accomplishment I had was one year when there was a big drought in mid-Tenn. Everything but peppers and basil died! Another year, all our tomatoe looked beautiful then turned black and rotted, last year we had late frost and of course the record flood. Did I mention we live on a bluff and grow rocks all year long! My accomplishment this year is all those rocks have made a natural side walk to my “garden” and I have a successful compost finally! I won’t give up! Thanks for your blog

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Cindy G April 9, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I had started some seeds inside, and they sprouted, and grew, but then they got all spindly. The Zinnias look pretty good, but the herbs, tomatoes, peppers not so much. Today I was at Lowes, the they had beautiful plants, 6 for $.88. They looked so much healther than my attempts. So I bought some. My patio flower pots look all springy now. I live in TN so, we should be about past the danger of frost, but you never know for sure. I think buying the plants is a smart move!

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Karen April 11, 2011 at 7:25 am

We try seeds every year and end up with really TALL seedlings with only two leaves on them. I too gave up and bought my lettuce at Meijer this weekend and will probably be heading to Lowe’s for some more stuff as it warms up. (Granted, it was 80 here in Michigan yesterday but that is most certainly an anomaly for this time of year – we might still get snow again before it’s over) I can keep them alive once they get out into the ground, but something about those darned peat pots… I just don’t know!! :)

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Andrea Castor April 11, 2011 at 8:08 am

I figure it’s hard enough to get the plants to produce once they are in the garden, might as well get ones that were off to a good start. Plus, we have no place in our house with good sunlight anyway. I buy some transplants, but honestly, quite a few I just toss seeds in the garden and they did great last year. Transplants so far this year were cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower and I planted seeds for several kinds of lettuce, carrots, peas, radishes, kale, broccoli raab, kohlrabi, swiss chard, and spinach. I planted one box (and the whole back of our house) 3 weeks ago, and another box last weekend and everything not only survived the cold but is really progressing. Our neighbor had doubts with me planting so early, but a lot of it said “as soon as soil could be worked” so I went for it! Hoping to get one of those cheapo $60 “greenhouse” stands for next year and maybe trying to do our actual landscape flowers in there.

Oh, and wanted to mention Hungry Toad Farms should be selling transplants here soon. I got some pepper ones last year and they did fabulous. This year we got a CSA box from him too! He’s right down the road from you too!

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