I am so pleased with how the seedlings are growing. Although my first attempt at planting seeds was a failure (you can read about that HERE), I had such hope for the second seed planting.
These tomato seedlings are 3 1/2 weeks old.
Most everything needed to be thinned and transplanted to ensure continued, healthy growth.
I didn'tuse anything fancy or expensive to plant the seeds. Instead I used egg shells, rinsed out.
To transplant the seedlings, I still chose to go frugal. I used yogurt containers and Pringles chip containers (all rinsed out).
My Mom gave me some pots she had on hand from flowers that she had purchased. I will hopefully be using these year after year. They are the perfect size for planting 2 to 3 seedlings in.
Oh, in case you're wondering...those fancy plant markers...
a plastic knife (giggle). Is that still being frugal or is it just plain cheap? Well, it's what I had on hand.
Look at those roots! Isn't it amazing how much this young plant has grown - roots, stems, leaves - all from the start of a seed. It may sound quirky, but I get a little awestruck every day just observing the seedlings. And to imagine the produce that will be harvested later in the season...all from the start of a tiny seed. Thanks again Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds!
Any hoo...on with the thinning and transplanting.
I planted 2 to 3 seeds per egg shell (you can read about it HERE), hoping for at least one sprout. Some did so well, that I needed to thin them so they could continue to grow without being overcrowded.
I transplanted everything with the exception of a few egg shells holding kale. The kale will hopefully go into the garden soon (earlier than the other plants).
To transplant, I carefully removed the young plants from the egg shell. I then gently separated the stems into single ones.
I crumbled the egg shell directly into the soil that I put in the containers. I mixed the soil and crumbled egg shell together.
I then planted the delicate seedling and gave them some water. Just like when they were in the egg shells, I keep the soil moist but not saturated.
Here they are in front of a sunny window in my home office.
On a side note: the spray bottle - yes for easy access to keep the soil moist, but it also deters my cats from being too curious (a squirt bottle is a training tool for cats).
Hardening off the plants is next...