Ya you’re seeing that right. And yes, that’s a unicorn.
Those are my seedlings. The growing schedule is delayed in Maine, so all that’s in there is basil, kale, and lettuce. I’m container gardening this year.
To me, it’s not entirely economical to garden if you’re spending a fortune on supplies. Yes, seeds are well worth the investment. But if you’re growing them to save money in groceries, think about your costs.
For seedcups, I put some potting soil (not seed starter- it shocks the plants when you switch them to potting soil) in toilet paper tubes after folding the bottoms. I was careful to plant my seeds according to the depths on the package, covering them accordingly and watering them until water came out of the bottoms of the cups.
Then I pried apart the lid from some salad greens plastic container my mother had given me. I put the seed cups on the lid of the tray (inverted) because the lid has an impossible-to-remove sticker. I poked holes in the bottom of the salad container for air, and put it inverted over the seed cups. This makes a tiny greenhouse. Be careful to label your seeds as soon as you plant them.
If you’re starting seeds indoors, you’re going to need a grow light. They have these for $7 at home depot.
And wallah- you have a beautiful mini greenhouse!
When the seeds are mature, you can plant in coffee cans, milk jugs, clementine boxes, old plastic storage bins, and other recycled containers. The cost is incredibly minimal this way. Later on down the line, you can add your own compost as fertilizer to the plants as they mature.