I started my tomato seeds in the greenhouse several weeks ago, but the other day I ran across a packet of Tiny Tim Tomato seeds that I had forgotten all about. Darn it! I do that a lot. So much so that I've come up with a solution.
Here's how it goes...I run to the greenhouse, grab a small pot, fill it with seed starting mix, water it down, and stick the seeds in it. Then I reach for the most important part--my mini terrarium. I put the pot on the saucer and plop the glass dome over it, and then...wall-ah! Instant seedlings!
Okay, maybe I'm stretching a bit. But it seems like it happens that fast. There's something about having a pot inside a terrarium inside a greenhouse that causes the seeds to sprout at almost the speed of light!
There is a catch, though. The timing has to be right. This won't work in the winter, only in spring and early summer. It has to be warm enough to heat the soil to the right temperature for sprouting, and the day length needs to be a certain amount in order to trigger growth. It just so happens that spring and early summer are the times that I need to use this technique, so the timing is usually right for me.
Once the seedlings have sprouted and had a few days to sturdy up, I can transplant them into larger containers.
Within a week or two I can't even tell the difference between them and the others that I remembered to plant at the right time! Whew...that's a relief. I'd hate to do without my Tiny Tims this year!
My greenhouse gets a lot of use, mainly due to our crazy Ozark weather. It serves as a shelter for cuttings and seedlings, as a space to over-winter tender plants, and even has a small seating area for use as a sun room. We built our greenhouse from recycled resort windows and reclaimed deck lumber, and it has a creek gravel and salvaged brick floor. We added a barrel stove for heat during extremely cold weather, and a rain barrel catches runoff which I use to water the plants. Outside, cold-frames topped with old windows hug the length of the exterior, and serve as a planting bed in the cold weather months. The wall behind the cold-frames serves as a trellis for vining crops, and in late summer the greenhouse is almost completely camouflaged by the vigorous plants. It's a favorite spot for me, and quite the sight to see!