I'm really going to do it. I am really putting in a vegetable garden this year. I started my efforts tonight by planting a packet of "Early Calwonder" peppers. I love peppers. I also know they are notoriously difficult to grow. But I'm going to give it my best shot.
Rather than shell out for a seed starter kit, I decided to use whatever was lying around the house for planters. This was a conscious effort on my part to keep my garden spending in check and to do more recycling. So into the recycling bin I went. I used the bottom half of a 2 litre pop bottle for one planter and an old blackberry container for another.
Time will tell if it was a wise decision to plant the bulk of the seeds in a paper egg carton. It went limp when I watered the seeds and nearly buckled in the middle. Must remember to treat this planter gingerly.
I covered the planters tightly in plastic wrap. I'm hoping that seals in some warmth and moisture (I'm notorious for neglecting my watering duties.) Whether plastic wrap is a good strategy I don't know but it seems like a good idea. I'm leaving the seeds in a west-facing window where they will get sunlight for the entire afternoon.
Now I can sit back and watch for the first sprout. In the meantime, I should stock up on pepper recipes.