We opened up coffee filters, wet them, and placed lots and lots of different kinds of seeds inside, sealed them in baggies and labeled them. I like to label things so much, I labeled them twice- once with Sharpies and also taped the seed packet label to them. I put them in a plastic lettuce container to percolate.
It reminded me very much of 3rd grade lima beans in paper towels.
When they were ready (some were sprouting faster than others- squash, carrots and basil were my fastest growing winners. Rosemary and lavender (2 attempts!) were big stupid non-growing losers. Bell peppers, jalepenos, watermelon, thyme, cilantro and tomatoes were not as fast as the basil but not too far behind.)
Here it is once it had grown for a week or 2:
When the magical day finally came that I could plant outside without fearing that my little baby plants would freeze to death, I prepped the dirt (AKA removed the millions of weeds, rocks and twigs that were on my dirt patch I was turning into a magical and amazing garden)
If youre wondering what the deal is with the wine bottles, it's my tried-and-true rigged up irrigation system. I have an abundance of LQ and wine bottles at my disposal typically, so I tell myself it's recycling and also keeping my plants watered.
The squash is monster plant now, but those baby plants next to it? Watermelon. Started the exact some day. wierd.
I did plant some more seeds, mostly herbs, directly in the ground yesterday, we will see how they do.
Yay! Seeds-to-plants attempt successful! I will do this every year!