I started my first batch of seeds today. Is that exciting or what? Where I live pepper and herb plants seem to take FOREVER to grow and need that extra time!
I used my peat pots that I had leftover from last year and arranged them on a tray (shown below on the left). Added some warm water to expand the peat pots. The peat pots get about 1 1/2 - 2 inches high and then I planted one or two seeds in each pot (shown below on right). Last year I planted too many seeds in each peat pot and had a LOT of thinning to do - so this year I carefully put 1 or 2 seeds in each peat pot.
To start, I planted 4 California wonder green peppers; 12 cayenne peppers; 4 plants of sweet banana peppers; 2 red sweet peppers; 3 orange sweet peppers; and 3 yellow sweet peppers.
I was able to save some cayenne and sweet pepper seeds from last year - so I hope they will germinate ok. The rest are heirloom seeds leftover from last year.
I also started some herbs - cilantro, sage, basil and parsley and fennel.
For the time being, I have a grow light on them just to heat up the greenhouse a little bit. I will shut the lights off and let the magic happen. Once they germinate I will put the lights back on. Keep your fingers crossed that this works!
Is this considered upcycling or recycling - I say both. See below. Upcycling for seed starter pots and then recycling once planted in the ground. :-) Below is the start of my homemade empty toilet paper roll seed starter pots. That was a mouthful! I just cut the rolls in half and then made four 1/2 inch equally spaced slits on the bottom, overlapped the folds and folded them like a box to close the ends off. I still need to purchase the dirt but I think these will work perfect for my tomatoes.