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My parents always had a huge garden when I was growing up. I may have loathed it when I was little, but looking back, it was awesome that we grew some of our own food. I have been wanting to have a garden myself, but since we have been living in a rental (condo/apartment style) I haven’t taken the leap. The lady 2 units down from us though has had some amazing apartment gardens for the last 3-4 years, so this year, I decided to take the leap and try out an apartment garden on our patio. I am excited to share our gardening journey with you guys over the next few months, but today I want to share with you a re-purpose I came up with for our garden.
As you can imagine with twins we have a lot of baby food and formula containers. We save these and have used them for random things over the last several months. (They are great for food containers for sauces, salsa, etc for Mike to take with his lunch.) I was looking up starting seeds on pinterest, when I glanced over to where we keep all these containers and a light bulb came on.
What if I used these to start my seeds? So I gave it a shot with peas first, and it worked! Now we are starting some peppers, so I thought, why not share my idea with you. Who knows, even if you don’t have baby food containers to use, maybe it will get you thinking about random items you could use to start your seeds. If you want more inspiration, check out my gardening board on pinterest. Now on to how I used these to start my seedlings.
Once the containers are empty, wash and dry them. Head to the local garden center and pick out your seeds.
TIP: If you are starting an apartment/urban garden, look for seeds that say they work well in small gardens or as potted plants. (Notice the symbol on the bottom right of this packet.)
Read the instructions on the back of the packet for how to plant your seeds, spacing, thinning, sunlight, etc. Make sure that the plants you are choosing will work for your space and containers. Remember, we are just using these as starters and will be transferring them after they start to grow. I start my seeds inside my apartment about 2 weeks before I will move them outside.
You will need to poke drain holes in the bottoms of the containers. Fill your containers 3/4 full with soil and then place your seeds in. Press the seeds gently into the soil before topping off the containers with soil. Water them and keep them damp. Place them in the correct amount of sun, according to the seed packet’s instructions. Now comes the time where you have to be patient. The Goof, age 6, has been helping me with this project and waiting for the seedlings to grow has been the hardest part for him.
We planted our peas a few weeks ago, and they are now ready to be moved to pots. We also purchased broccoli seedlings that were already started that we will be transferring, carrots, peppers and some herbs. We made sure all plants would work well in pots and that they would work in the amount of sunlight that our patio gets.
I can’t wait to share more about our adventure in Urban Homesteading with our apartment garden. Do you live in an apartment or condo and have a garden? What are some of your favorite plants to grow? Have you found a creative way to start seeds? I would love to know what you have tried!