Mavis Garden Blog – Seed Starting Trays

seed starting trays

The weather today pretty much stunk. So I stayed inside and made a batch of lemon marmalade, caught up on some emails, and washed 3 loads of laundry. Then, needing to get at least a little bit of gardening in, I went outside and fetched all my seed starting trays from beneath the potting bench.

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Even though I have a good stash built up, without fail every year I end up buying a few more. It’s like an addiction. And Home Depot is my crack house.

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Who knew a few empty black plastic trays  could so much hope and possibility.



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  1. Michelle says

    I need a fraction of your energy…you are amazing!

    And so…a thought popped in my head as I read about seed trays…do you ever think you’ll get bees?

  2. says

    If you want free trays or pots troll the alley next to my shop (the one between the buildings). Anything in the alley past the recycle bins fair game. There is always a stack of flats (not necessarily the solid bottom flats). There will also be empty 4″ pots, gallon pots, pony paks and even plants. Hint: during the prime season we clean out the shop on Thursdays to make room for the new stuff so there is often an over abundance of plants available. The plants are not good enough for retail for sale, but with a little love and light they’ll come back and be beautiful. We’ve even been known to toss out veggie starts 😉

  3. Suzanne says

    It’s nice to know there are others out there with the same addiction. I’ve used the APS system from Gardener’s Supply for a long time and they work great at establishing great root systems. I reuse them every year. You’ve reminded me that I need to start pulling them out and cleaning them up and organizing my seeds!! There just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done!

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