I've started a little nursery indoors on the windowsills. Ideally, I'd like a house with a conservatory, but for now, while we're renting, the windowsills will have to do.
I've mainly been buying seeds instead of seedlings. Sometimes I buy seedlings, but usually seeds. Seeds are a lot cheaper, and it is worth the effort to raise them up from scratch.
To do it on the cheap, I re-use seedling trays and pots I already have. I've also been using cardboard egg cartons.
I chop the top off the egg cartons, and use the "tongue" of the carton to label the seedlings.
Then I sit the cartons in tupperware that I already own so that I don't get water running all over the windows when I water my babies, and find a sunny windowsill for them.
When the seedlings have grown enough to go outside, I'll take them out of the cartons, and compost the cardboard. The seedlings can go out into my big pots outside, and take their chance with the wild weather of Dunedin! Then the tupperware trays will be washed and re-used for the next batch of seedlings.
This is really doing things on the cheap - each seedling works out to no more than a few cents, and the containers cost me nothing!
My family and I are really looking forward to the summer harvest!
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