Seed packets

SeedPacketsLast night I made little seed packets and I love how they turned out. Simple, rustic, heartfelt, and inexpensive — they make ideal DIY gifts.

If you’re looking to recreate: I used natural waxed paper folded into sachets, my favourite heirloom seeds, and pretty flora-themed washi tape to seal. I labeled each seed packet using a thin permanent marker directly on the waxed paper, but next time I’d like to try this kraft packing tape.

Enjoy! xo

Starting seeds

Starting seedsThis weekend marked my first foray into urban gardening — well, any type of gardening, really. Jury’s still out on whether my thumb is black or green, but it’s safe to say I’m Hooked on Horticulture.

I decided to be ambitious and start all my plants from seeds, rather than buying seedlings from the local nursery. I did try to pick easy varieties to grow (here’s a good resource I drew from) and ordered mostly heirloom seeds from Baker Creek. Travis’ mum also kindly sent me some of her favourite seeds. Ultimately, I ended up with the following mix:

Herbs
Cilantro
Peppermint
Genovese basil

Vegetables
Red romaine lettuce
Tomatoes – Opalka (paste), Sub-Arctic Plenty (cherry), Chocolate Stripe (large)
Scotch bonnet peppers

Flowers
Red marigold
Russian mammoth sunflower

To make the newspaper pots, I disassembled a small paper box I found and traced it onto pages of an old Sunday Times. I selected only the black and white pages, as coloured dyes aren’t typically soy-based and can leach into the soil. I then folded the pots and filled them with organic seed starting mix, and carefully sowed and watered the seeds. Finally, I placed the pots in West Elm outdoor trays and labeled them so I could tell them apart when they germinated.

The trays now sit atop my laundry basket in my washroom, as that’s the sunniest spot in my apartment. I also zipped them into a clear vinyl blanket bag I had saved to mimic a greenhouse.

It’s funny how attached I’ve already grown to these little guys. Here’s hoping they sprout soon!