How to Start Seeds Indoors

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

There is something magical about starting your own seedlings. The first time I planted a seed I was about 10 or 11 years old. I remember putting the seeds in the ground; I didn't put any markers to identify what I planted but when they sprouted  it was amazing to see something so small open up and grow and to try to guess what they were.
Each day after school I raced home to see if any new leaves had sprouted. I can still close my eyes and remember the first time I smelled the pungent scent of a mature tomato plant. This is why I grow my own veggies from seed and hope to pass this love on to my sons. It is just a beautiful process. Here are some steps for growing seeds indoors.

Step 1 - Purchase your seeds. My preference for seeds are those that are organic and non-gmo. I have had great success with seeds from here  and here.

Step 2 - Put dirt into pots. Really pack the dirt in because after water contacts it it tends to decrease in volume. You can get your dirt from your yard or purchase potting soil. I purchased organic potting soil from my local hardware store.

Step 3 - Put in your seeds. I use my index finger to barely poke holes into the surface of the dirt, put in the seeds and cover them back with dirt. You will want to put in one seed per hole. I usually plant 3 - 4 seeds per pot.

Step 4 - Water - Give your seeds a good initial soaking.

Step 5 - Put by bright window - Put your seed pots on a flat surface close to your window that gets the most natural light. If you don't have a bright window you may want to invest in some indoor grow lights.

Step 6 - Water daily -  Water your seeds once per day.

Note: When seedlings get bigger you will need to transplant them into the garden or if it's still too cold to transplant warm weather crops like tomatoes and peppers transplanting individual plants into larger pots is necessary. Happy gardening!

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