Starting Seeds for Planting

Starting your vegetables from seeds takes a bit more time and effort, but it can really save you some money as opposed to buying all your plants a seedlings. You will need small flower pots or flats with seed wells, seeding soil, a clear plastic covering, a source of light (natural or artificial), and a warm location.

Begin by washing your new pots or flats in dilute soapy water and rinsing them thoroughly. If they’re previously used, make sure to bleach them with a 1% solution of household bleach in water for 30 minutes to kill off any fungi.

Use either store-bought or homemade seeding soil and lightly moisten it with water. Place the soil in the dried containers, then add your seeds according to the instructions on the seed packet. Lightly place some soil over them and gently water to moisten. Remember, seeds will float to the top if you over-water or add it too fast. Cover with a clear plastic covering. Always make sure to keep the plastic away from the seedlings as they emerge.

Place the container in a warm location. Water only when necessary to keep the soil moist.  Once they’re sprouted and the seedlings are up, remove the plastic cover, and begin to water them from the bottom using a tray underneath. Keep them well lit from above. When there are several sets of leaves on your plants, begin taking them outside for 2 hours and gradually increasing the length of time to “harden” them to being out all day. Transfer them into the soil in your vegetable garden once they’re large enough. Watch the video here to learn more.

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