As we have noted in previous articles, the kitchen is a great source of materials that help to nourish a garden. But there’s more. Believe it or not, cinnamon is a great addition for new seedlings. That’s because it is an antifungal and antimicrobial and prevents fungus growth and problems that can occur when the seedlings are damp. Another source of nutrition for plants is the left over water that’s used to cook pasta, hard boiled eggs, spinach, and potatoes.
The waste water that results from making hard boiled eggs is rich in calcium; the water used to cook spinach has an abundance of iron and potassium; and the starch in the pasta and potato water triggers the release of plant nutrients in the soil.
When you are ready to create new seedlings that will ultimately wind up in your garden, reach for the jar of cinnamon in the pantry. Then start gathering the rest of the supplies you will need including seedling window planters, starter tray, soil and a variety of seeds.
· Fill the seed trays with soil.
· Place the seeds in the soil.
· Add another layer of soil and top it with Cinnamon.
· Water until the soil is moist.
· Place the trays at an east or south facing winter for the winter or in a north or west-facing window for the summer.
· Keep the seedlings in the tray moist. Water from the bottom.
· When seedlings start to emerge, rotate the trays twice a day and continue to water from the bottom.
Your seedlings will develop without any threat from a fungus.