Is there anything more satisfying than planting a seed, watering it, watching it grow into a green plant, eventually breaking out with buds that in time bear beautiful and delicious fruit? You know there are no chemical fertilizers or insecticides, that the food is safe, delicious, organic, and free!
For all these reasons, we are eager and excited to grow a garden this year. We have bought and saved seeds for tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, banana peppers, zucchini, snap peas, green beans, lettuce, okra, corn, carrots, beets and herbs like oregano, cilantro and basil.
We have planted some of our seed directly outside, but also decided to start 36 seedlings in a simple greenhouse that cost about $5 to put together. We bought a cheap plastic planter container from Walmart that had 36 spaces for seeds. We filled each space with seed, watered it and waited about 5 days and the first little green heads emerged from the soil. It’s been about 10 days now and our cucumber and tomato seeds are tall and strong and ready to be transplanted; with the jalapeno, oregano, basil and cilantro seedlings following steadily behind them.
How thrilling it is to see life emerge from a small seed. Every day I visit my plants and I’m learning that the growing process is not instant and requires patience, time and effort. Once we transplant our seedlings into the garden, we hope that the upcoming warm season will be filled with rain, lighting and plenty of sun as the natural elements work together to make our garden grow.
“Here I have given to YOU all vegetation bearing seed which is on the surface of the whole earth and every tree on which there is the fruit of a tree bearing seed. To YOU let it serve as food.” (Genesis 1:29, 30)
“My instruction will drip as the rain, My saying will trickle as the dew, As gentle rains upon grass And as copious showers upon vegetation.” (Deuteronomy 32:2)
Home-made Miniature Green House
- 1 store-bought plastic greenhouse container with lid.
- 1 bag of organic seed-starting soil mix
- seeds of your choice
- Fill each cell in the miniature greenhouse with seed-starting soil.
- Dampen the mix with water.
- Place 2 or 3 seeds per cell, cover with a thin layer of mix.
- Water thoroughly - enough water so it seeps out of the bottom of the cell. The water is caught in the plastic below the cells).
- Cover with the clear plastic lid.
- Place the miniature greenhouse next to a window that gets plenty of sun.
- Mist the soil daily.
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