This Instructable will focus on what I used and built to start my seeds rather than in-depth gardening theory. This is because this project was my first attempt at growing plants, and I am far from an expert gardener. This project was done for fun and learning about gardening, while still trying to be able to harvest some produce, in a cost-effective manner.
- Choosing What to Grow
- Pots and Planting
- The Frame
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Step 1: Choosing What to Grow
I assumed that sunflowers would be less maintenance than other vegetable plants because they're flowers. I'm not sure what my logic here was, but that's how I saw it : ). Also, sunflowers can have their seeds harvested and eaten, so not only do they look nice, but produce food. The seeds that are harvested can also be used to plant more sunflowers next year. As for tomatoes, I made another assumption that tomatoes seem to be a popular starting point for gardeners.
I went down to Home Depot and grabbed some seeds. I got four breeds of sunflowers, and one of tomatoes. If I could do this project over again, I would have gotten less variety, in an effort to keep things relatively small and simple for my first gardening experience. The sunflower breeds I bought were: American Giant, Mammoth, Autumn Beauty, and Teddy Bear. The tomato seeds I bought were Beefsteak Tomatoes.