A couple of weeks ago I ordered all of my seeds from Territorial Seed. With a large seed order comes a need for lots of extra supplies. We are on a budget. A BUDGET. Not a Starbucks budget either. You know, where you are poor, but you still have money for 6 dollar lattes. Yeah, we are about seven rungs below THAT kind of budget. With that in mind, I had to be really careful about blowing a bunch of money on seed starting kits. Those suckers can add up quick!
While I wandered the garden aisle and stared at the kits, I had a flash. I remembered seeing a blog that showed how to grow starts in sandwich bags. Thankfully I was in the big W store and could get potting soil AND sandwich bags. Yes! This particular store had boxes of the plain ole fold top sandwich bags. I bought 300 for about two bucks. A few days later I had Gideon and Jacob help me fill the bags with a mini Mel’s Mix from the Squarefoot Garden book. Once the bags were full, I took to Pinterest to find the site that gave me the idea. Whoops. Wasn’t Pinterest. Couldn’t find it anywhere. I Googled “starting seeds in sandwich bags” and it returned with a bunch of ways to start seeds with paper towels in sandwich bags. Uh-oh. Did I do a typical Liz thing and remember something all wrong??? I kept searching. I didn’t find the same site, but I found one that was just as great. Click here for the link.
I tenderly planted about three seeds per bag, moistened the soil, and folded the tops. It took a day or so to see the little greenhouses do their thing. Another week, and BAM, sproutlets!!! Even better, I have about 200 bags left that I will put to good use. I hope the baggies don’t get ruined in the process. I don’t want to create a lot of garbage. I’d like to reuse them. Starter kits at the store produce a little garbage too, so I guess I’ll be okay.