Green Divas Garden: Grow Your Own – Sustainable Seedlings

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Pink_WateringCanThis is our first spring in the new home. It is thrilling to see the hundreds of tulips poking through the snow dust. The previous owner has some nice flower beds and a herb bed, but no vegetable garden. My husband and I uncharacteristically decided to try and keep it somewhat simple, and plant our veggies and herbs in a series of large pots and planters on our very large deck, which is well protected and very sunny.

I’ve had some great flower gardens in my day and a few good veggie and herb successes, but I don’t consider myself a great or very experienced gardener in any way. So, I thought I’d document my adventure this growing season and hope it is informative by way of a successful bounty of organic food rather than a what-not-to-do series!

Sustainable Seedlings

It all starts with seeds. I wanted to find a source for organic and non-GMO seeds. I love the concept of a local seed exchange, but I’m out of the loop and needed to start fresh. I hope to be able to harvest some healthy organic seeds at the end of this season and participate in some seed exchanging for the next growing season.

I ordered seeds from SeedsNow.com

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Green Diva Mizar did a couple of her great DIY posts recently that included two different ideas for upcycling stuff headed for the recycling bin into seed-starter pots.

GD Mizar’s DIY on upcycling toilet paper rolls (including step-by-step instructions on how to make seed-starter pots)

GD Mizar’s DIY on upcycling newspaper (including a link to making seed-starter pots)

Here’s the best tutorial on making newspaper seed-starter pots that I found and used.

Getting ready to have fun making sustainable seed-starter pots out of newspaper and toilet paper rolls

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Production fun while watching episodes of Rescue Me

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Got some lovely organic seed starter soil from our local nursery

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My hubby found this awesome small pink watering can for me – made my day! 

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Just waiting for the sun . . . 

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About the author / 

Green Diva Meg
megan@thegreendivas.com'

(aka Megan McWilliams) is a green living expert and media personality as the producer and host of the Green Divas Radio Show. She has been sharing low-stress ways of living a deeper shade of green for over 20 years. She is also produces podcasts and videos for the Green Divas and other clients through the Green Diva Studio.

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    Brenna March 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Great post. I think the key to success is to start small. I would love to turn my entire front yard into vegetable gardens, but am starting with one tiny plot at a time. :)

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    michelle March 21, 2013 at 10:06 am -  Reply

    we have a sizable veggie garden and start from seeds. you gave a wonderful step by step tutorial that will help anyone grow their own fresh food. sharing!

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