In today’s age, you do not have to wait for a nice sunny weather and rain in order to start your seeds outside. Why? This is because now you can start your seeds even indoors. With the advent of technology, this is not a big deal.
In order to jump start your garden, you can start your seeds indoors. This means when you begin your seeds in the inside of your house some weeks prior to the last frost, you will be prepared with many small seedlings that you can immediately transplant into your outside garden beds when the planting season kicks off.
However, you must ensure that you shouldn’t start your seeds too early, particularly if they are tomato seeds. Most of the vegetables and flowers can be sown indoors 6 weeks prior to the last frost where you reside. Moreover, you must read the instructions on the packet and then only make use of the seeds.
1. Select an appropriate place
Before you start your seeds indoors, choose a proper place where you will start your seedlings. Make sure the area should be lighted, so that your seedlings grow healthy. The supplemental lighting should be on the seeds for a minimum of 12 to 16 hours per day. You can even put on a timer on your lights, so that you do not forget the time. You can set the timer for 16 hours on off and 8 hours on off. Additionally, the lights should be at least 2 inches above the seeds and adjusted with the growth of plants. If you choose natural light for your seeds, then place them near a south-facing window.
2. Gather the growing containers
The next step is to pick the containers in which you will grow your seeds. The containers can vary in shape, such as seed-starting flats, toilet paper rolls, peat pots, newspaper pots, etc. You just need to ensure that the recycled container you use for starting your seeds indoors should have some drainage holes in its bottom. No matter what type of container you choose, you must wash it with warm foamy water and rinse it well.
Furthermore, if you do not want to use a growing container, you can go for a soil block maker, which can compress the soil in the shape of a cube, in which you can then sow your seedlings. Do not forget to place leak proof containers or trays below the growing containers in order to keep your home clean from dripping water.
3. Arrange the soil
The soil in which you will start your seedlings is the next step. Buy new seed starting mix from the market. Do not re-use potting soil or your garden soil, since it can make your young, vulnerable seeds infected with diseases. Thus, the soil for starting seeds indoors should be sterile and fresh in order to ensure that your seeds grow healthy.
Before you fill your seed starting container with the soil, moisten the soil. You can do this in a clean bowl or bucket by mixing a little warm water in the seeds. Make sure the soil mix is slightly damp and not wet. Then, fill up the container with the moistened soil so that half inch of the container’s top is free of soil. After this, press the soil gently in order to get rid of any air pockets.
4. Plant the seeds
Now, you need to look at the instructions given on the packet of the seedlings. These will instruct you how you can sow the seedlings. You must poke holes in the seed starting mix at the container’s center and then sprinkle two or three seeds in it. Make sure that the seeds are covered with the soil by pressing them down in a gentle manner. Label your containers with the type of seed and the sowing date.
5. Adapt and transplant the seeds
You must adapt your seeds to the outside weather before transplanting them outdoors. This includes making them familiar with the sunlight, wind, cool nights, rain, etc. After your seeds have germinated into leaves or have hardened off, you can transplant them to your outside garden. Make sure you prepare your garden beds before putting your seedlings into them.
Thus, you can now sow your seeds indoors by making use of these above mentioned tips. With these tips, your seeds will grow healthy. Moreover, these tips will help you save money on your seeds, since you can start them indoors.