Not too long ago food-politics blogging pioneer Kerry Trueman — who used to write primarily at Eating Liberally (which she cofounded) but now blogs around like a shameless agtivist hussy (and I mean that in the most admiring way) — started a cool new resource site, Retrovore.com, with her equally awesome husband, Matt. Kerry is a longtime gardener and has been trying to inspire me to plant some vegetables in my back yard, sending me helpful books about small-space gardening and gently asking if I've started yet.
I haven't, I'm ashamed to say. However, a friend gave me some cranberry and runner beans to plant, and I was too embarrassed to tell her I had no idea how to start them — did I just stick them in the ground and water? I knew it was kinda more complicated than that, but I didn't really have a clue. (Go ahead. Laugh. I have grown herbs and tomatoes in containers for a few summers, but I have always bought starts. That was before I was reborn as a frugalista.)
Well lo and behold, Kerry and Matt have just posted a great 5-minute video on Retrovore that walks you through assembling a seed-starting kit from start to finish, on the cheap. Check it out, and then head over to Retrovore for links to seed companies and other resources.