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Thyme to Sow

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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  • Terri J
    Terri J Annapolis, MD

    Thanks for all the tips about planting seeds. I never thought about damaging the little roots b4 now when you have to break the egg shell.

  • Darreleen Wiles
    Darreleen Wiles Fayetteville, AR

    I really appreciate the tips cus I'm planning an in ground garden this yr for the first time ever. Last yr I did a small raised bed of cucumber and watermelon with small amount of success. the bunnies really liked the watermelons and I struggled with

  • Kelly S
    Kelly S Bremerton, WA

    When I was a child we would put the seeds directly in the ground, however that was in Illinois and I now live in the cooler and wetter Pacific NW. I haven't had much success with starting seeds early because I either drown them or forget to water

    • Sow and Dipity

      @Kelly S Hello fellow webfooted rainy coast friend! No doubt about it, direct sowing is the best, but we have some pretty unpredictable weather in our part of the world so other methods need to be considered for the earliest harvest.
      I just posted a

  • Kelly S
    Kelly S Bremerton, WA

    The ones I have are some sort of fabric not muslin or canvas but like a cross between the 2. I'll be on the lookout for a tray to put under the shoe holders to catch the excess water. I just don't know which door to hang them on. It still gets too

  • Kelly S
    Kelly S Bremerton, WA

    I started some peas and beans in peat pellets, some peas were directly sown in holes that I poked in the ground with #8 knitting needles along both the north and south fences in the back yard and the last 10 seeds were just broadcast. I'm performing

    • Kelly S
      Kelly S Bremerton, WA

      @Douglas Hunt , Thank you. I've been reading on here about not weeding between rows to reduce the need for weeding so I thought why not just poke holes in the ground and see what happens. The pack of peas seeds was only $1.35 and had over 100 seeds.

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