So, you’ve successfully completed the first step of growing from seed: browsing through your stack of seed catalogues and placing your order. But now what? Seasoned seed starters are eagerly anticipating the arrival of their orders, but for first timers the wait may be mixed with a little anxiety. To ease your nerves, here’s a list of some seed starting essentials to help get you started:
Make your own starter pots
|Plant tray and lid (sold separately)|
Once you’ve planted your seeds in starter pots—such as the ones made using the N.ViroPotter—you can use trays, such as these from Canadian Tire, to hold them. The plastic bottom keeps excess water from leaking, and the lid helps to hold in the moisture needed for germination.
Available at: Canadian Tire and other retailers where seed-starting products are sold.
Price: $1.49 each (11x21in)
|Vintage spoon plant tags|
Even if you don't need help identifying your transplanted seedlings, you'll still want to make use of these pretty garden markers! Handmade from vintage spoons they can be custom-made for your garden or given as a gift to your favourite green thumb.
Available at: daisychestnut’s shop on Etsy
Price: $6 to $ 9 each or $12 to $24 for a set (custom orders available, and prices are in US dollars)
Plant marker and seedling sprayer images courtesy of Lee Valley Tools.