We got more snow yesterday and sunshine too. That's springtime in the Rockies I suppose. I have six tomato plants in the ground and they seem to be doing great, all tucked into their cozy beds, covered with ugly green wall 'o water things. Sure doesn't look great, but we have had 3 hard frosts during the weekend, and they still look happy and are growing. Even the plants that were dropped on their heads are looking so much better.
Even though I don't have good sunny windows to start seedlings in, I started some anyway. I prefer to have actual plants to put into the garden, rather than seeds. It's easier for me to keep track of what I need to take care of. So, I gathered my cheap-girl seed starting supplies: empty toilet paper rolls and newspaper. I can't remember where I read about this, but I know I'm not the first person to come up with it. Crumple a bit of newspaper and stuff it into the cardboard tube. Then smash it down with the end of a wooden spoon, or whatever works. Fill with dirt and plant. Write what you planted on the side of course.
Now, these little pots are a bit tipsy. I put a rubber band around a bunch of them, which seemed like a smart move until they became damp. Then the rubber band kind of squished the tubes a bit. To keep them all together, I cram them all into empty mushroom containers. They are all contained and easy to water from the bottom. Since I'm using garbage, these starter pots didn't cost me a thing!
Now I think I'll go transplant my free strawberry plant with some pansies.