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startin’ some seeds to sow

And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.  Genesis 1:11

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”  Genesis 8:22

For my niece’s upcoming 4th birthday, I wanted to get her a seed starter.  I looked on Amazon.com and found something I liked, but when I went into Target this weekend, there it was!  I found some really great seeds, too, but I want to keep some of them a surprise from my family, so I’ll have share them with you after her birthday party.

I splurged and bought myself a larger one, as it’s something I’d been wanting for a while.  Not expensive, and so fun when you think of all you can do with it.  I planted lots of flowers and a few edibles, including two herbs.  Not quite sure where those few edibles will end up (someone didn’t think ahead very well… oops!), but it’s a fun learning experience all the same.  Assuming this works out well, I bought some cucumber seeds and loofah seeds, in the hopes to turn them into Christmas presents, but I can get more into that in a few months.

There are several photographs of the self-watering seed starter I purchased for me, with photos of the contraption and how it works.  You know, just in case you decide to join in on the fun!

starter kit

on top is the mat that allows this kit to claim it’s self-watering; you’ll see…  also, it hangs over the side to absorb water in the bottom of the tray.

this was the best container i could find, at the time, though when I thought about it later, a baking dish would have probably been better to fully submerge it – next time!

the mat goes down on top, and then the part of the kit with the seed cells goes on top of the soaked mat.  a hole in the bottom of the cell allows the dirt to absorb water continuously.

it’s important, that as you’re setting the kit together that you keep the pellets flat, so when they expand after you add water, they go up and not across; causing pressure and making it extremely difficult to break them up later to add seeds.

wrong way:

right way:

aren’t they cute little things?

pellets expand when you add water

after you’ve broken them apart in their cells, take a pen (or a similar object – even your finger) and create a hole in the center for your seeds.  I found the pen worked great to give me just the right size.

look hard!  do you see them? seeds!!

cover the hole, and ta-da!  seeds are planted.

be sure the mat stays damp.  the kit claims the water will last for 10 days, but i have my kit near the sliding glass door to get lots of sun, so i wouldn’t be surprised that with said warmth if it evaporated sooner than 10 days.

these are the fun seeds that will surprise my family – I love how they look like tiny river pebbles.

and while I was planting seeds, I saw through my screen door a mommy and daddy cardinal feeding a baby (probably a fledgling) that was just chilling on a branch.  so cute!!

 

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  Matthew 6:26

 

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