Sep, 17, 2016
In San Diego, autumn brings a whole new array of vegetables to grow. Cooler temperatures are best suited for leafy green plants, such as lettuce, spinach and kale. Many people living in the urban setting have hesitations about starting a garden because space is very limited. In our class, we demonstrated how seeds can be sprouted in recycled egg cartons or toilet paper rolls. After the plants have sprouted, they can be transplanted into bigger containers such as a large gallon jug or even a 5 gallon bucket.
To begin our seeding, we filled an egg carton with potting soil. Fill the pods loosely and do not pack in the soil or the roots will not have room to expand. Next, moisten the soil with water until it is damp, but not fully saturated. Using a pencil point or any similar size item, poke a hole about ¼ to ½ inch deep. Place your seeds in each hole, and gently cover with a light layer of soil. Again, don't compress the soil down or cover too much, or else the sprout will be unable to penetrate the soil.
Place your new planter in a dark, warm spot until you see a sprout. Once a sprout has emerged, the leaves can begin collecting energy from the sun and photosynthesizing it into food. Move the planter where it can receive sunlight during the day, but not scorching heat. Keep the soil moist. To know when to transplant, keep in mind that the height of the plant corresponds to the length of the roots.
Growing your own leafy greens is a great way to add a nice personal touch to your meals. The vegetables will continue to grow and leaves can be picked once they reach full size.