Spring is officially here! For some people this means starting seeds by planting them right into the garden. But, for many gardeners and plant varieties it's still early days. Now is the perfect time to start seeds indoors to transplant outside later in the season. Here is our quick start guide to help you successfully start your seeds indoors.
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Starting seeds indoors can be tricky; but with the right tools to help, you can be seedling your way to a perfect yard this year. Here are some helpful things to keep in mind before you start.
Buying into a pool of seeds with a few neighbors might be a great idea to help reduce left over seeds. Don't start them too early! Consult a growing chart for your area to figure out what you're going to need. A few methods for starting seeds are soaking, scratching, or chilling, but each plant is different so do your research! Plastic starting packs or pots can be bought from gardening stores, but I recommend jiffy pads which happen to come conveniently packed together in a moisture dome and tray at your local hardware/gardening store. Don't forget to label everything! Otherwise you may find difficult times as you transplant. Have popsicle sticks handy with a sharpie and get creative!
Here's how to do it. Choose your seeds. Each kind will have different requirements for germination; so read and study carefully. Pick the biggest seeds. As long as they aren't cracked, they are going to be the best. Once you have readied your starting pots or jiffy pads, gently place a single or multiple seed at the recommended distance. If you use multiple seeds per site, then later, you will have to remove all but the strongest. Moisten seeds and then cover with plastic dome to keep humidity.
At this point, place a heating mat underneath if you can source one or three. A good temp is 65* - 75* F to give them ample growing power. Carefully water new seedlings. VERY CAREFULLY. Once they have sprouted, place them in a highly lit area. Windows reflect too much of the natural light spectrum to grow healthy plants but it can easily be done. Providing a single or few daylight CFL bulbs from most dollar, pharmacy, or retail stores can also significantly provide supplemental lighting to those little seedlings. Once they start to get large enough to bend towards the strongest light source, then (WEATHER permitting) they can be transplanted outside. A helpful tip is to get a pH monitor or testing kit and measure your water as you feed them. Lastly, depending on your area, the longer the water that you use sits around to release the chlorine, the better. 24-48 hours is more than enough if you walk past giving it a shake now and then.
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Ben Patton grew up in the wonderful Lynn Valley of North Vancouver, with the beautiful forests surrounding him. After being inspired by a simple few pepper plants, he transformed his parent's backyard into a makeshift farm; growing everything from lettuce and spinach to raspberries and Saskatoon berries. He hopes to inspire others to growing their own food get dirty in the yard.