That means it's time to gather planting supplies... on the cheap. The Dollar Tree has their annual Spring items available now. Check these out...
* seed starting trays - three pieces, including the divided cells, clear cover and a base tray
* seed starting "soil," a soil-less mix
* incredible blue 10" pot
Now, I can hear gardeners near and far "pooh-poohing" that seed starting mix from the Dollar Tree! I can hear it now, "That's junk, you get what you pay for." But, look at the ingredients before you jump to conclusions and pay 10x the price!
Peat, vermiculite and perlite. These ingredients are just what you want in a seed starter. No need for fertilizers, since seeds do not need those for germination. The wetting agent is helpful, so long as the gardener doesn't have a heavy hand watering and the soil doesn't get soggy.
Plus, you want to know a secret about the Dollar Tree seed starting mix? It's made by Plantation Products, which is the parent company for Ferry-Morse, NK Lawn and Garden, and the well known Jiffy brand!
The bags are smaller, true, but for my seed starting needs a couple of bags are perfect.
My son gave me a seed starting mat for Christmas! I love the image on the box (see second photo below), just what do they think I'm growing?! (It's actually legal here in Oregon, but my employer would not be understanding. Besides which, I am not interested.)
I love, love, love the blue of that little plastic pot! It's 10", which is actually large enough for quite a few veggies and annual herbs! Which ones, you ask? Any greens, lettuce, small carrots (I will be growing Parisian), chives, basil, lemon thyme, parsley, radishes... I must go get some more before those wonder blue ones are all gone! I think they'll look lovely with dwarf sunflowers, one of the many seeds I have on order (more on that later!).
I made a routine stop at Lowe's, and found, yet again, some of their 50% off broken bags!
* 2 steer manure
* chicken manure
* potting soil (one without fertilizer, my favorite)
I paid full price for mushroom compost. All of these will be dug into one of the 4x8 beds before the upcoming pea planting.
A few more cheap, as in free really, items I'm collecting are plastic milk jugs and fast food coffee cups (the ones with the domed plastic lids).
These are part of my first "Winter Sowing" attempt. I have never heard of such a thing until last week! Where have I been? I will go into that next time...