Today we're exploring the time-honored tradition of bell jars.
Okay, sure, it's still freezing outside. But I can dream of warmer spring days and I can definitely get a jumpstart on my gardening!
|This is the same Celosia as above. It became a monster.|
And of course, it's always fun to point out a huge, healthy-looking Dahlia and be able to say, "I started that from a seed." Gardening is good for the soul. Kids love it too; it brings with it a healthy sense of anticipation, a bit of responsibility, an exhilarating sense of accomplishment.
|I started that from a seed.|
We've all seen bell jars. Our grandmothers used them to protect their collectible porcelain dolls from dust and curious fingers. We use them ourselves for our vignettes and terrariums. But they're also used in gardening, to protect seedlings.
|They love to lean into the sunlight.|
|SO MUCH CUTER!!|
As an added bonus, if you plant your seeds directly into a pot as opposed to say, a crummy plastic tray, they won't go into transplant shock. Another bonus is that the jars will keep the seedlings warmer, and heat is known to accelerate germination and growth.