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Homemade flower pots

Homemade flower pot

According to vendors at the farmer's market, spring is running about three weeks late this year. No wonder the first set of broccoli I set out is pouting. We are eating as much lettuce and kale as we want, but it feels more like March than the first of May. My solution? Start lots of plants indoors!

Of course, seedlings can only hold in flats for so long. So I moved a bunch of them up to plastic cups with holes drilled in the bottom. Nine-ounce cups are good for medium growers for two to three weeks while sixteen-ounce cups will hold fast growers for perhaps a month. I'm hopeful that before my babies run out of room, the soil and air will have caught up to the usual temperatures of spring.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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