Starting with Seeds…


Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth…” Gen.1:29

P1100616 [Maple tree in bloom]

And that’s how this cherry tree came to be all on its own in my flower garden (and former compost pile!):


Then there is horsetail with its spores and incorrigible rhizomes ever spreading and sprouting… But this is an exotic specimen, don’t you think?!


Speaking of seeds… it’s that time again (even a little late?!), to get the tomato seeds planted, but first for the pots.  I discovered this super simple, no frills, no saving/storing/cleaning pots method:

Got Newspaper?


Choose the size and shape of your pot from any old jar or can.  I chose a cute square jar this year. I love it that it never rolls away while I’m working with it!

Now roll it up in a lengthwise sheet of paper folded in on the long edges to fit your jar,  with an inch or two to spare at the bottom…


Secure it with tape.

Upend your jar/can and fold in the bottom ends…


And Voila!


Your very own pot for starting seeds!

Huddle your clever pots in a waterproof container. Add potting soil and seeds.  Label with permanent marker and water liberally from the bottom…And one day there will be seedlings ready for transplanting out of these compostable pots. Works like a charm. No pots to clean. No muss, and just a little fun fuss.

Meanwhile, I love the plants that just pop up and bloom unannounced when their time to shine comes—among the first to brave the chill of spring—forget-me-nots and yellow alyssum.


And that’s what’s happening at my house!