Student’s Corner

It’s Time to Get Your Green Thumb Going Again! 

You read that correctly. The end of winter is coming soon which means it’s time to think about what to fill your garden with. Worried that the cold will not be ideal for your plants? Not to worry! 

In fact, it is better to start some of your plants indoors before planting them outdoors. Here are a few crops you can begin putting into a seed-starting mix:

  • Bell Peppers
  • Broccoli 
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Eggplants
  • Lettuce
  • Leeks

When starting vegetable seeds indoors, be sure your containers have drainage holes and that they are placed in a warm location. If you plan on leaving them by the window for some sun, be sure to check for air drafts that can affect the temperature. It is also a good idea to do your research before purchasing seeds to ensure you can provide your plants with the best care. 

For an even more sustainable approach to growing seeds indoors, try using eggshells. Simply save your eggshells, add soil, and place your seeds inside. Be sure your seeds are fully covered and watered. Egg cartons can also be used as a container for the eggshells. 

You can simply place the eggshell in the soil when transferring your seedlings outdoors around April or May which is very convenient. Eggshells fertilize your garden as they are a great source of calcium and other minerals. They also help control pests and can provide your plant with nutrients.

Written by Emily Su, Class of 2022. 

Photo Credit: Urban Cultivator


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