DECOR & DIY, Home & Garden

Let’s Garden: Planting Seedlings

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Is it planting seedlings? Or planting seeds to grow seedlings? Oh boy!

If you’re in the Western Cape, it wouldn’t have been lost on you that we had a lovely, wet winter. I am so very thankful for the rain and, for the most part, so is my garden. Winter does however take a little bit of toll…So, this weekend we spent some time starting to de-winterize our garden, with a little bit of help from Builders. The kids loved getting their hands dirty (as they always do – just look at their history), while we got to spend some good quality time with each other.

You may be wondering what we did to start the de-winterization process (don’t you just love how I make up words!). We didn’t do much really. Pulled up some weeds, cleared out some dead plants (a moment of silence for our water-logged tomato plants please) and got to planting our seedlings.

What we used to plant the seedlings (or seeds – you know what I mean)

  • Old egg cartons
  • Empty used 6-pack seedling trays
  • Old plastic pots
  • Potting soil and compost, mixed about 50/50

Okay, so that was a lot of “old”! We keep these items on hand, specifically for this purpose. We like to reuse what we can!

What we did: A photo story

Planting seedlings - Lets garden - Sawdust and High Heels
This is what we had to work with, thank to Builders Warehouse.
Adding sold mix to egg cartons - lets garden - Sawdust and High Heels
The kids started off by mixing the soil and compost and filling the cartons.
Carrot seeds - lets garden - Sawdust and High Heels
First up we planted the carrot seeds. They are so small!
Watering the seedlings - lets garden - Sawdust and High Heels
Once the seeds have been planted, add some water. My son flooded them, so hopefully there are still some seeds left! (Watering can courtesy of Builders Warehouse.)
Planting seeds - lets garden - Sawdust and High Heels
Next up: Planting some Swiss chard. Aren’t these kiddos just the cutest?!
Planting seeds - lets garden - Sawdust and High Heels
The concentration is real – This is a fantastic hand-eye coordination exercise!
Planting seeds - lets garden - Sawdust and High Heels
Cover the seeds with soil and pat, pat pat.
Planting card from growingpaper.co.za - lets garden - Sawdust and High Heels
Lastly, we planted this awesome card from www.growingpaper.co.za
Instructions growingpaper.co.za - lets garden - Sawdust and High Heels
The instructions seem pretty easy.
Planting card from growingpaper.co.za - lets garden - Sawdust and High Heels
Cover up!

Pretty simple, right? I’ll keep you updated on progress on my Instagram and Facebook stories. Hopefully the updates will be signs of life and not signs of nothingness! Holding thumbs!

Have you started the de-winterizing process in your garden? Do you have any tips for me?

Until next time,

Stacy - Sawdust and High Heels

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