It’s time to start preparing for those spring and summer home gardens! Don’t want to spend a fortune this year on supplies? Here is a quick and easy tip for starting those seeds indoors using recycled Stonyfield yogurt cups.
Yippy! Can you hear me screaming it from the roof tops? Spring has finally arrived to Michigan! (I should probably knock on wood right about now so I don’t jinx us! Knock!) Since the winters in Michigan are so unbearably long. . . when spring arrives it is like a complete re-birth. It all starts with the melting of snow, and then a small peek of a spring bulb starts to pop through the soil. The air begins to smell fresh and damp, unlike the burning nose feeling you get during the winter. Slowly, but surely, the days start to warm up and life begins again.
Usually, each year, as soon as the first spring bulb pops up, I am itching to get outside to start planting in my veggie garden behind my house. Normally I am ahead of the game in the winter and have already winter sowed my seeds. But this year time got away from me and I am completely unprepared for the start of spring. (Physically, not mentally. I am ALWAYS mentally prepared for spring.) But that’s ok! Even though I didn’t winter sow my seeds this year, I can still start my seedlings indoors and have them ready to transplant outside when the time is right.
Much like my winter sowing technique, I wanted my indoor seedlings to be environmentally friendly as well. For this reason I like to choose organic seeds and reuse old household containers as seed starter cups. For my outdoor sowing method, I used old milk jugs as greenhouses, but for my indoor seedlings I have found that Stonyfield yogurt cups are the perfect size to start my seedlings in. Plus, we always have empty cups in abundance in our home.
Creating seedlings using recycled Stonyfield yogurt cups is easy!
1. Eat and enjoy the yogurt. This step is important and tasty!
2. Wash out the yogurt dish with soap and water.
3. Carefully poke a hole or two in the bottom of the cup to allow for drainage.
4. In a large bucket soak some potting soil with water and mix until moistened.
5. Fill the yogurt cup 3/4 of the way full with potting soil, place a few High Mowing organic seeds on top and cover with more soil to fill.
6. Set your cup in a warm window with sunlight and watch the seedlings grow.
Once the seedlings have reached transplant height and the weather outside is cooperative for planting, remove the seedlings from the Stonyfield cups and transplant them into the ground. The Stonyfield cups may now be recycled or kept to be used again next year.
Are you planning to start an outdoor garden this year? What do you plan on growing?