Sprout!

April 15

Even though we’ve had the weirdest weather recently, preparations for spring and summer must move forward!  We were teased with summer-like temperatures early on only to have spirits crushed by freezing winds and even snow!  But the reality is that spring and summer will eventually get here and I need to be ready to plant my garden when they do!  Each year my family decides what veggies we’re going to plant in our tiny garden…and though we now stick to mostly planting our favorites, we always try one new addition!  But this year we’re trying something we’ve never done before when it comes to planting…we’re starting most of our garden from seed!  So when we got home from our trip to DC I literally froze my fingers off at the potting table trying to get this garden started!  No matter the cold temps, working with dirt is a messy job so it HAD to be done outdoors!  But the wonderful thing was knowing that these tiny seeds would soon be a reminder of what’s to come…sprouts mean springtime!  And while we wait until they’re big enough to plant in the ground we had some fun with another whimsical project involving seeds…

it’s time to start planting!

every year my husband tries to talk me into starting our garden plantings from seed…something i always resist!  i really like to go shopping on Mother’s Day for all the little veggies and herbs to fill our garden…a tradition we’ve followed for years!  plus, i really don’t have an ideal place in my house for those little seedlings to get the bunches of sunshine that they need to grow!  but call me crazy, for some reason i actually thought it sounded fun to try this time…and if we failed we could still pay a visit to the garden centers come May!  so we chose some seeds packets and gathered all the supplies we’d need to get started…

seeds

you may be wondering about the cute little cup on my tray of seed supplies…

planting project

i found this little guy in a box of stuff given to me in hopes that i’d find treasures for crafting!  and guess what?  it was FULL of wonderful trinkets!  but this cup stood out…it reminded me of something from my childhood and i knew i needed to find a project for it!  so why not create a full head of cat grass hair!?  not only fun and whimsical to watch grow but our kitty will enjoy the outcome!  so out to the potting table the cute cup went along with all of the seeds…

seed starting

it’s great to have a space to work outside…it lets me be messy and not worry!

planting seeds

and even though it looked like springtime out my back door…it was FREEZING!  but i couldn’t wait much longer or the little seedlings wouldn’t be ready in time!

seed starting

…because it was so cold i was hurrying and being rather messy, but despite the frigid air it was actually quite fun to plant up those little seeds!

seeds

i just used wood craft sticks as labels so we could keep track of all the little starts…i’ll replace them with something sturdier when they go in the ground!

seed labels

i mentioned that i really didn’t know where i would keep the seed pots once they were done, but i came across this old tray in the garage that i normally use to tote my gardening tools…

tray

i’m not sure what it’s original purpose was but it’s PERFECT for holding my seeds!  having them all together in the tray will make it easier for me to move the seedlings around indoors so they get as much sun as possible!

seed tray

and before i went in to defrost my fingers, i needed to give the little cup a chance at some hair!  since i didn’t want to make a hole for drainage, i just filled the bottom with some pebbles…

kids cup planter

some dirt…

cup planter

and seeds–aka, lovely green locks!

grass seed

a broken wine goblet is recycled into a cloche to keep the seeds warm…once they start sprouting i can remove it!

broken wine glass chloche

then it was time to find a warm and toasty spot inside!  and in a few days…some green began to show!

seed sprouts

soon it will be time to thin them out and just count down the days ’till they go in the ground…maybe it will be warm by then!

seed sprouts

…and this little guy is on his way to a full head of hair!  as soon as he needs a trim, the kitty can go wild…sounds like a win-win!

cup planter with cat grass

i can’t wait to get planting…but for now it’s fun to watch those seeds

sprout!

 

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