When my seeding and sprouting turned into a major operation last week, I needed all the containers and space I could find to accommodate them. Yesterday I needed somewhere to put my fiber pots where they wouldn’t blow away in the wind when I start hardening them off outside. Here’s the solution: an inexpensive shoe rack from Ikea. Perfect fit!
I even have a boot tray that fits under the shoe rack perfectly to catch drips. If I can just remember where I put it!
As for seed trays, the “clam shells” or plastic tubs that salad greens are sold in work perfectly. They all have lids to keep in moisture and warmth during germination, they let in optimal sunlight, and are reusable. Perfect for sprouting are germinating seeds that don’t mind being transplanted. I keep a baby green mix going at all times in a large clam shell and just cut what I need.
This clam shell happens to be growing Asian mesclun greens from Renee’s Garden Seeds.
Looking for other planter ideas? One of my favorite sources for inspiration is Urban Gardens. Check out the amazingly creative planter ideas!
Finally, an update on the Japanese Shishito pepper seeds I ordered from Kitazawa Seed Co. As you can see they are thriving and the germination rate is quite high. So far only 1 out of 11 hasn’t sprouted. Have you ever had Shishitos? Look for them in Japanese restaurants where they are often flash fried in oil and garlic. Very mild, tons of smoky flavor, and a much more exciting appetizer than the standard edamame. Japanese grocers usually carry them.