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PUTTERING

putter  verb  put·​ter | \ ˈpə-tər  \ puttered; puttering; putters

Definition of putter (Entry 3 of 3)

NORTH AMERICAN - gerund or present participle: puttering

  1. occupy oneself in a desultory but pleasant manner, doing a number of small tasks or not concentrating on anything particular.

  2. move or go in a casual, unhurried way

 

Otherwise known as "The hurrier I go, the behinder I get", to quote Lewis Carroll. Puttering is doing something which could be done conventionally in half the time it takes to do it unconventionally, or, creatively. Creative takes time and thought, sometimes research -- because you thought you saw something similar somewhere. Was it a magazine? Pinterest? Facebook? 

 

Puttering costs more, because you are always missing at least one thing you need to complete the task. Puttering is messy. Always messy. But my Mama used to say if you're not making a mess you're not doing anything. 

Here's what I'm puttering with right now:

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Spring Forth

HOW TO START SEEDS IN EGG CARTONS AT HOME

I  have been Laura and Aaron on Garden Answer. If you haven't seen it be sure you have ample time to drool and watch as they transform a huge farm into a flower orchard and landscaping masterpiect.

 

My paternal grandmother was a gardener. Barefoot mornings in her rose garden with watering can filled with rain water are one of my most treasured childhood memories. But fulltime career and overloaded volnteer schedule left little tme for more than basic lawn maintenance. That's soon to change.

 

I'm so excited to get seeds started and to watch something grow in pots and ground this year. I remembered Sunday School pottings of seeds in egg crtons and how they did actually produce a viable plantling to put in the ground. Daffodils did actually produce from some of those seedlings, as I recall.

 

My vision of a cut flower and herb garden is about to be birthed!

 

Here's how to start.


HOW TO START SEEDS IN EGG CARTONS

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cardboard egg cartons

scissors

sharp knife

potting soil 

water mister
plastic wrap

 

First, take apart the egg carton. Using the scissors, cut the lid away from the base of the egg carton – set the lid aside.

 

Next, turn the egg carton over and using the knife, poke a small drainage hole in the bottom of each section of the egg carton.

 

 

Now, fill each section of the egg carton with the seed starting soil. It is important to use proper seed starting soil, as it will have the proper balance of nutrients to help speed germination along.

 

Working with one type of a seed at a time drop the seeds (according to the package directions) into each section of the egg carton.

 

 

Repeat the process with all the seeds. I chose to put one type of seed to each row of the egg carton.

 

 

Now, place the dirt filled egg carton into the lid – the lid will now act as a tray and collect any excess water.

 

Lightly water the seeds. Use a water mister, if you happen to have one. I made one from an empty water bottle. If you don’t have a mister, simply use a watering can.

 

I used clothespins as the garden markers and we have also used pieces of the seed package as markers, too. Wrap a piece of plastic wrap, loosely over the container. Use a toothpick to poke a few holes in the plastic wrap, this will let the humid air out. Now place the egg cartons in a spot that is warm and has indirect sunlight.

 

 

Water the egg cartons every day. When the seedlings start to grow you can remove the plastic wrap. 

 

As Laura says, "Hey guys, how's it going?" I'll let you know.

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