With the growing season approaching quickly it’s the perfect time to talk about simple tips and tricks for starting seeds.
Tomato plants will be used as the example because they are easy to grow and need to be started indoors. Other plants that should be started indoors early are: peppers, leeks, brussel sprouts, celery, and onions (unless you plant onion bulbs). Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and squash will do better if they are started indoors. If you are planning to start some flower seedlings please take the time to read the package. Some seeds need to be frozen or scratched if they are going to germinate (called scarification). No common garden vegetables need this.
If this is your first time starting seeds, a few words of encouragement: seeds want to grow, you are just here to give them a leg up.
Planting in the soil
The simple technique:
- Get a plastic or paper cup and poke a hole in the bottom for drainage.
- Fill it with soil and add water to make the soil wet. You want it moist not soaked.
- Put 3 seeds on the top of the wet soil.
- Put a little bit more soil on top. It doesn’t need to be very much. Some plants don’t need to be covered – the packet will let you know how deep you need to bury the seeds.
- Wet it again. Label the cup so you know what you planted.
- Put it under a light or on a windowsill. After a week or so your seedlings should emerge.
- Once they are about the height of the tomatoes in the Picture 6 you should pluck out the two weaker seedlings so that the strongest one has the space it needs to grow.
- Give them water and light, and a bit of wind and they will thrive!