By Sarah Falardeau of Sterilite Corporation
Since spring has sprung, I’ve been itching to get some green growing in our house! As a kid I always remember spring time meant planting our garden and enjoying fresh vegetables all summer long. Earth Day was approaching and what better time to get my kids involved with starting a garden.
Getting started wasn’t to intimidating and I only had to prepare a few tools. I knew I didn’t want to start too big because these plants would eventually need to find a home in the yard. The Sterilite 32 Quart ClearView Latch™ Box was perfect - clear so the kids could see the seeds start to germinate, latches to keep interested hands from spreading dirt throughout the house and small enough to fit near a window for some much needed natural sunlight.
Some additional tools I had close included:
- Jiffy Peat Soil Pellets
- Water and Measuring Cup
- Wooden Skewer
- Vegetable Seeds
Once I had everything together, I let the girls place the peat pellets into the storage box. Once we had them situated, I added about 1½” of water to allow the pellets to grow. After a couple of minutes, we were ready to plant our seeds! I decided to start with tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers and green onions. Two or three seeds in each peat pellet is appropriate and I used the wooden skewer to pock a hole in each one. In order to keep track of which vegetables were where, I attached the seed packets to the storage box. With the help of some tiny fingers, I placed the cover on our mini greenhouse and stuck it in a nice warm location.
Germination should take a week or two depending on what vegetables you’re working with, but the beauty of using a storage box is how portable the greenhouse is. It is small enough to easily move it to where ever the sun is shining and the cover can be removed on warm days offering your baby plants some air flow. Hopefully we have some successful seedlings and we can transplant them into the garden in late spring.