This is a wonderful time of the year when a wide range of new gardening finds make their way onto the store shelves. I have been buying seeds since they first appeared on the shelves a couple of weeks ago.
McKenzie Seeds located in Brandon, Manitoba is Canada's leading seed packet company. This is the first time I've seen their collections line of pre-spaced seed on discs for a 4 - inch pot. I bought the basil collection consisting of sweet basil, purple basil, lemon basil, thai basil and sweet basil. Each disc is pre-seeded ready to use. Simply fill the pot with seed starting mix then put the disc on top and water. The disc is a fiber material that will help keep the seeds moist for germination. The discs are available in pepper, tomato and herb collections as well. I paid $2.99 which is a bit higher for seeds but potted 4 - inch plants usually go for that price each and I will end up with five potted plants from the package.
I planted the basil collection in the mini greenhouse pots. Lavender was planted in the last one. The seed discs were very easy to use as were the mini greenhouse pots. I will be transplanting the plants when big enough into larger, self-watering pots for the patio. With proper care the mini greenhouse pots should give a few years of seed starting. I actually like these enough to buy a few more. As I type this, the seeds planted in the mini greenhouse pots have sprouted so I'll share their progress. I am rather pleased with both the discs and pots!