Using an old aquarium with a plant light turns our to be a champion way to sprout your spring plants. Starting your own plants from seed is cheaper than buying already-grown plants in April. At the beginning of week 2, I added some “Chioggia” beets, which should have some nifty stripes when they are grown. You can see here(in the pot on the far right) that they are already up and growing fast! It only took 3-4 days for the beets to sprout. I did soak the beet seeds in de-chlorinated water the night before I planted them.
As I look out the window at snow flurries this morning, It’s fun to contemplate how big my seedlings will be near at the end of the month, when I can start moving them outside. There is a possibility that I may be moving at some point this year, so I am concentrating more on planting in containers, but more on that later.