A few weeks back we had some unusual warm, sunny weather for our neck of the woods, so I took advantage of it and planted some seeds to start indoors. Our growing season is so short here that I have learned that I need to give my plants a head start by growing them indoors a few months before the outside planting begins.
First I gathered assorted sizes of seed-starting pots,
seed starting soil,
and of course seeds! You can get these items at any home and garden store.
I then added some seed starting mix into the pots until they were about 1/2 full.
Then I sprinkled in several seeds. It’s okay to add several, as the plants grow and get bigger I will prune out the smaller ones. See those little seeds – its fascinating to watch them grow into big, healthy plants in just a few months.
I covered the seeds with more seed starting mix. The pots are about 2/3rd full now.
I labeled the pots and which seeds I put in them as soon as I planted them. I don’t want to forget which seeds are in which pots!
Then I put my pots on a plastic tray that will hold water. I carried my trays of newly planted seeds indoors and put them in a well-lit place and added water.
I like to fill the tray with water from the bottom and let the pots soak up the water from underneath – then I don’t disturb the soil and seeds. I usually water them every couple of days when the pots start drying out.
I’m fortunate to have an area in my house where I can put the seeds and they will get lots of sunshine, so…I don’t need growing lights and such.
Now I wait for the little plants to start poking up out of the soil – probably about 2 weeks for the tomatoes and longer for the peppers and such.
My method is a pretty simple one that works for me. But, there are other, more advanced gardeners out there who have a more advanced process and set-up than I. You can check out one of my favorite resources here.