Spring Gardening Tips-Growing Plants From Seed

No.15

18th Apr 2011

cardboard tube seedling pots, DIY cardboard tubes, gardening, growind seeds

If you live in Vancouver right now is a great time to start planting your summer garden – with the chance of frost hopefully behind us.  Now I don’t claim to be a professional gardener but I do love sharing information from my past experiences and I also love hearing what works for others.

So where do I start, well right now it’s good to begin with some seedlings indoors that you can transplant into your garden or into containers in about a months time.  I have started lettuce, cherry tomatoes (might have started them a bit late), beans, pea and onions both yellow and spring.  I have found starting seeds indoors rather than planting them directly in the soil outside is a bit easier because you can’t control the weather and in Vancouver we can get a lot of rain and some windy days too which can drown your young plants and break their fragile stems (FIY – you can plant peas, arugula, parsley and chives directly in your garden if you want, they can handle the cooler temperatures just watch out for frost).

There are a couple of different ways to plant your seedlings, and this spring I decided to try starting my seeds in biodegradable peat pots, that I bought at Southland Nursery, and a important question to ask  a salesperson when buying peat pots is, are they biodegradable?  Often the outside mesh is made out of a thin plastic netting that will stick around in your garden for years to come. After using the peat pots in my first round of seedlings I am going to say I am not the biggest fan, they seemed to dry out quickly and the hole at the top of the mesh is small, so some of my lettuce seedlings tried to come out and got stuck under the mesh – Boo!

In my next round of planting I decided to go back to recycled cardboard tubes a method I had used last year.  A word of warning from my past experience using cardboard tubes is to watch out for mold growth on the outside of the tubes.  I packed my pots too tightly together in the greenhouse tray, and it was difficult to keep mold growth away after the original outburst, so just make sure to give you pots plenty of breathing space.  Bonus – I have included a little DIY of how I make my cardboard seedling pots, if you want to try them out yourself!  I highly recommend using them.

how to grow seedling in cardboard tubes

Stayed tuned I’ll be back soon with more helpful gardening tips including what’s in season now, gardening books I love and gardening centers I go to around Vancouver! Also please feel free to share your experiences below in the comments section. Happy gardening!

One Response

  1. That’s a great idea! Thanks for sharing it.
    Today, I am ordering some of those potato sacks that you showed me last year. I’m going to try to plant more veggies and see about ordering some organic produce from a local farm to be delivered on a weekly basis.
    One of the best thing about gardening is that every spring, you get a fresh start, you can improve on last year and hope that this year’s garden will be the best one yet.

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