April 12, 2011

Seed Starting

With all the busyness of the the past few weeks, seed starting had been pushed to the side in order accommodate more pressing matters.

That is until I spotted this sitting on a shelf during one of my daily trips to Menard's LOL!

My curiousity was running at warp speed. 
 The kit included everything I could need plus it look quick, easy and mess-proof.  All for under three dollars.
Worth a shot I thought!

Basically your remove the lid . . . pour in water . . . wait until the small pellets double in size.  Once that is done, you drop the seeds into the small hole in the top, add the plastic cover and place it somewhere sunny.

I picked up two kits.  One for profussion cheery zinna seeds. And one for Tequila Lima Zinnia's.

WOW!  Look at the color of those seeds!

Have you ever seen anything like it?  I sure haven't . . . I confess . . .  I'm a little leary.

Here's how they look planted.

And with the lid on.

I'm curious to find out if it works or not. 

Has anyone tried theses before?



  1. i think that is great, robin! i hope it works out! but can i say i totally thought that wwas a tray of mini chocolate donuts. yum.

  2. My husband found these this year as well and they have worked great. The only problem we have run into is that he planted them too soon and now the plants are too big for the little things. I guess the roots have no where else to go. And, our ground is still a little to cool to put the plants into in the garden.

    I think you will like your results.

  3. Hi Robin,
    I have used these in the past when I ran out of supplies for my normal seed planting plan...they worked great except for they can't stay in there for very long once the flowers come up. You could always transfer them into larger posts if you're not ready to put them outside yet. I thought they were worth the money for a starter kit.
    I'm looking forward to another gardening series!
    Sarah xo

  4. Very cool, I have never seen that before either, can't wait to find out how it does!


  5. I love zinnias! They are such a great summertime flower.

  6. Ooh this looks interesting and I can't wait to see how it turns out! I might have to take a little trip to Menards! :)

  7. I've totally fallen for zinnias! I think I may have to swing by Menards! Based on the comments I think I may wait a bit to start them though as it sounds like they will be ready for transplant before our cold weather will allow very soon! At least the snow is gone...

  8. I am so glad you are back!!! I love Zinnia's, they are my favorite annual!!! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I can't wait to see how they work fo ryou. I usually just buy the seed starter mix and use the pots i have. But these babies are tempting.

  10. Hi Robin,
    That looks wonderfully simple, I will be interested to know if it really works. I hope you let us know.
    Hugs, Cindy

  11. Well, this looks interesting. I can't wait to see how it all works out. I just bought some seeds...gotta get them going :)


  12. Hi Robin, Oh that looks like a fun kit! I love things like that, you can watch them grow day by day :)
    Thank you for your kind words on my most recent post, you're too sweet! Hope you'll show us how they look fully grown, hugs xxx tami

  13. Welcome back, Robin! Hope you had a wonderful spring break in AZ. :) My husband loves using these kinds of kits to start seeds because they do work well and they're terribly convenient. In fact, we have a few veggies and herbs sprouting right now. Like Amy said in a previous comment, you have to be careful about starting seeds too soon. Because my husband made a mini greenhouse with a fluorescent grow light in a Rubbermaid storage container, our sprouts come up super-fast and grow really quickly. The first year we tried this system, we had to (sadly) compost a bunch of tomato and cucumber sprouts because they got too big for the container and it was still too cool to transplant them. Lesson learned!

  14. That looks wonderful, Robin! Zinnias are my favorite flower! I'd love to try it!


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