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I started my vegetable and fruit seedlings this weekend!

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As some of you know, I am big into gardening, and due to the frugal "me", most of what I plant happen to be vegetables. So I thought I'd post a bit about starting and maintaining a vegetable (and fruit) garden.

First I had been saving small containers over the past 9 months to start my seedlings in. But then after doing a lot of reading in books, magazines and on the internet, I decided that investing a small amout of money into buying those mini greehouses was a better idea as they hold the moisture in better. Because if you use a bunch of little pots, you have to have a tray of some sort to set them on, and then cover them with saran wrap for the moisture rentention, which weeps and drips, and the little plast greenhouses just worked better for me. I found them for $4 each and they hold 72 seedlings. I did start my lettuce, spinach and cucumbers in some cheap peat pots as they just don't transplant well when taken out of a little pot. In the small containers that I had been saving I decided to start my flower seedlings.

The broccoli sprouted this morning, and I assume the others will start in the next few days.

Anyone else starting their seedlings? Planting time is coming quick!




what state are you in again?i start mine in march.i don't plant here in illinois until around may.

Sub: #1 posted on Tue, 02/24/2009 - 11:11

paulmergel paulmergel
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Missouri ... I am starting an early batch in case our spring is early, it was last year but then rained so much that it was late May I think before I could get anything actually planted!

I want to find some inexpensive plastic and figure out a way to make some of those "hoop houses" that keep out the rain and wind. Or maybe tarps strung across the fencing? It wouldn't keep out all the rain but it might prevent the damage we had last year?

Sub: #2 posted on Tue, 02/24/2009 - 11:16

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i'm starting the tomatoes next week.the peppers as well.i always start the zucchini in april.

Sub: #3 posted on Tue, 02/24/2009 - 11:23

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My husband makes a big garden at his dads' house. His dad wants to start planting potatoes, and things like that-but we did that last year and had to re-plant.

Have you ever tried those tomato-things in the seed catalogues that come in a big pot? I think it was called the tomato tree or something?

Sub: #4 posted on Wed, 02/25/2009 - 08:19

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I haven't seen it, what is it? I haven't really gotten into any of the container gardening because I have a lot of dirt to plant in, room isn't my problem but time to care for everything is! Is it one of those hanging things, or an actual tree?

Sub: #5 posted on Wed, 02/25/2009 - 08:44

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I am not really sure, hubby was telling me about it. I think you plant it in a big container and it grows more like a tree- sounds bizarre to me!! We have lots of room to plant, too, at this dads farm, but I think he is still going to try it. Aso some type of tomato that grows tomatoes above ground and potatoes under ground--this man has way too much time and money on his hands :lol:

Sub: #6 posted on Wed, 02/25/2009 - 08:48

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I saw a thread on a website about that - you hollow the center out of a big planting potato, plant a large tomato seedling inside of it, and bury it all the way down until only the top 2 leaves of the tomato plant is above ground. I thought maybe it would be a good way to know where you've planted your potatoes!

Sub: #7 posted on Wed, 02/25/2009 - 09:09

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