If you are old enough to remember the early Martha Stewart days, you also may recall that she was the first person to elevate drudgery to diversion. Back in the 1990s, she transformed the most menial chore into a pleasant pastime by advocating the use of beautiful tools made to last a lifetime.
While the heady days when she hawked only the best of the best are long gone, when I discover a mundane object made with special attention to detail, I still reflexively think of it like this: Martha Material.
This brings me to the Cultivation Tray set. Made in Europe of heavy, galvanized steel, it’s a seed-starting kit with dozens of tiny, removable steel pots specially designed to make it easy to transplant seedlings. It’s Martha Material.Above: The smaller cultivation tray has 30 pots for seedlings. “With its noticeably narrow dimensions, the smaller tray can easily be placed next to any windowsill, so that you, for example, can grow tomatoes in your apartment instead of out on the deck,” says Manufactum.
If you prefer to make your own seed-starting pots, see DIY Seed Starting: Newspaper Pots.