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Thyme to Sow

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Right now retail stores and nurseries are loaded with racks of pretty little packages of seeds...it's hard to resist filling your basket full of them! If they don't have you rows of primula's definitely will ( that's another post coming this weekend....stay tuned....)
If you plan to start seeds indoors you've most likely seen the toilet paper tubes or egg carton planters or even just the egg shells themselves being shared as nifty planting vessels. Let me warn you, after so many watering's, these paper based liners break down pretty quick and become quite unstable for transplanting...even rotting faster than your seedling can grow!
And as far as the egg shells go, you're going to have to crack them eventually so the plant can put on size, risking damage to the young roots. As darling as this method appears the truth is egg shells take years to break down in the soil....which is why they get crushed with my boot when I throw them into the compost. I have tried it all, so I know from experience.
A simple tried and true method for the virgin gardener would be to use peat pellets. They look like little brown discs the size of a Toonie...yep, I'm Canadian...eh :) I explain the easy steps below in the photo's.... For the full tutorial go to: http://www.sowanddipity.com/thyme-to-sow/

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  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Feb 15, 2013

    Nothing like the voice of experience. Thanks for the great tips.

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Feb 15, 2013

    Thank you for this awesome post, Shelley! That's really good to know. I'll be sharing this.

  • Margaret Mitchell
    Margaret Mitchell Warner Robins, GA
    on Feb 16, 2013

    awesome help..thanks

  • Kim Morgan-James
    Kim Morgan-James Bellingham, WA
    on Feb 16, 2013

    Love peat pellets!

  • Wanda
    Wanda Nenana, AK
    on Feb 16, 2013

    It is a good idea to pull that outer netting off and gently break up the peat a bit before you transplant your seedlings, especially if you have cooler soils. In cooler soils the netting does not break down and it actually stunts the root growth. I use a plastic fork and wiggle it around to loosen up the peat a bit after I take the netting off. I am an Alaska gardener!

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