Home-grown seeds ready for planting.
Home-Grown. After getting the seeds that I need for this planting, I am keeping some for next spring. The fall crop may not be able to flower since we are approaching shorter daylength. (If I remember right, the spring crop bolted at 15 hours daylength.) This practice of collecting seeds from your own crop helps save money. The only time when this may not be recommended is when you are dealing with hybrids. Seeds collected from hybrid plants are not guaranteed to perform the same as their parents.
Egg cartons were used to germinate the seeds.
Recycled. Egg cartons are easy to come by; they are biodegradable and their little compartments are large enough to support the fast growing seedlings until they are ready to transplant. At planting time the sections that contain the seedlings will be separated by tearing the carton without disturbing the roots.
Tiny seeds meet the soil.
Fast Crop. The good thing about bok choy is that there is hardly any dormancy period. Immediately after the seeds are mature and dry, the seeds are ready to start life. That is the reason I am planting again because I am almost certain that the plants will reach harvestable age before the weather gets cold.
Two days after sowing the seeds - a new plant.
A new life has begun...a month from now the food will meet the kitchen...again.