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This past spring I could not contain my joy at seeing the green things bud and the sun beginning to shine warmly. I also could not contain myself from the urge to begin my garden. I did, however, stop myself from planting outside, but I didn't stop myself from starting to plant early.

How? I started my garden indoors. I used containers and my window sills to provide the needed sun and space to get it going properly. By the time planting time rolled around, I was already proudly boasting seven tomato plants, one potato plant, and four cucumber plants. I tilled my garden and transplanted my dear plants and sat back to patiently what the yeild of vegetables I knew was soon in coming.

How do you get started? I buy my seeds out of season so that I'll have them before most seeds are even being stocked at most stores. (I also save a few bucks this way!) I keep my seeds stored over the winter months, then break them out in March or April.

Using containers that I get from around the house, I pack them with rich soil and plant my seeds and dutifully water them.

What can you use as planters for your seeds? I am the mother of one six month old baby girl, so I have plenty of formula cans on hand. I simply cover them in decorative paper and fill with soil. I also use regular sized cans as well. (You do have to punch a few holes in the bottom of the can and provide a container to catch access water. I used a simple plastic container that came off a piece of packaging.)

I also use egg cartons. I cut the carton in half at the fold and place the lid beneath the bottom and it forms an automatic bottom to catch access water. (You do have to punch a small hole in the bottom of each shell of the egg carton.)

I plant my seeds, place them on a sunny windowsill, water them accordingly, then wait rather impatiently for the first green shoots to appear. Sometimes you loose a few, sometimes you don't. But, I figure it this way: I am releiving some stress by starting my garden early and I'll be very proud to have my first batch of tomatos and cucumbers when everyone else is just planting their seeds!