Starting Seed Indoors
Early February is a perfect time to start seeds indoors. Seeds of peppers, tomatoes and eggplants have a longer germination time. Starting them now will give them plenty of time to establish so they are ready to be transplanted outside as soon as we pass our frost-free date.
How to Start Seeds:
- A seed starter kit is the easiest way to grow your seed since most kits include seed starter soil and a clear cover that seals the tray and turns it into a mini greenhouse.
- It's important to use a seed starting mix since it is very light so it's easy for the seeds to start to germinate and the roots to grow through it.
- Before you plant, soak the seed starting mix in water. It can take a while for the starting mix to thoroughly soak up the water. You might want to start soaking it in a bucket of water the night before you want to plant. When you are ready to plant squeeze as much water as possible out of the mix.
- Next, choose your seed. We have hundreds of Botanical Interest seed varieties to choose from - flowers and veggies!! We find people daydreaming for long periods about their spring garden at our wall of seed this time of year.
- The back of the seed package has a lot of valuable information. First, look at the germination time. Be sure you're not starting seed to early. Choose the seed with the longer germination to start now. Count back from the frost-free date in your time zone to determine when to plant each different type of seed. The back of the seed packet will also tell you how deeply to plant your seed. A good rule of "green thumb" is the larger the seed the more deeply it should be planted. But, each seed has a little different preference so read the package to be sure.
- Fill you planting pots or trays with seed starting mix. Tamp it down into place and add more as needed.
- Use a pencil to make a hole for the seed. Drop the seed in - one seed per pot or cell pack. It may be difficult to plant only one seed with very small seed. When the seed germinates and has rooted in, if you have more than one seedling, use tweezers to remove all but one of them.
- Gently water in your newly planted seed. If you used a kit place the greenhouse lid securely on so that it acts as a greenhouse.
- Don't forget to label your pots if you're planting different types of seed!
- Once your seedlings get their first set of true leaves you can start fertilizing them.
- Plant your seedlings outdoors after the risk of frost has passed. For us, this is usually at the end of March or early April.