It Is Time For Seed Starting Indoors!
It is FINALLY starting to warm up a bit here in Wisconsin. By warming up I mean, tonight is going to be 19ºF, but trust me…that is a warm up for us.
Here in Wisconsin we go from brutally cold winters to spring in a blink of an eye. If you don’t move quickly, you could lose your chance at starting seeds indoors.
Easy Step by Step To Seed Starting
1. Buy Good Organic Seeds – don’t go overboard here…a little goes a long way. I highly recommend gardeners to start with this: “The Organic Vegetable Garden” 12 Organic Seed Packets By Botanical Interests in a Gift Box
2. Buy Seed Starting Trays with a Heat Mat – you will need a seed starting tray. I also use a heater pad to help my seeds germinate faster. This is the one I use and it works perfect: Germination Seed Station with Heat Mat
3. Use a Good Organic Seed Starting Soil – but a quality seed starting soil. This is different from garden soil. Garden or potting soil is a lot heavier then seed starting soil. You want a light soil so that the roots can grow freely throughout the soil, creating a strong and heathy plant. Here is the soil I like: Organic Seed Starter Mix
4. Plant Seeds According To The Back of The Packet of Seeds – If you do not know how to read the back of a packet of seeds, here is an article I wrote a few years ago explaining this: Planting Seeds Has Never Been So Easy!
5. Use A Spritzer Bottle To Mist Seeds – When you first plant the seeds, do not use a water can to water the seeds. Simply use a Spritzer Spray Bottle to lightly water the plants until they are at least 1 inch high.
6. Use A Water Can Once Plants Are More Established – once the plants are a bit more established (at least an inch high) you can start using a Steel Watering Can to put water in the tray below the plants (see video). I like this specific watering can because it has a long spout and is heavy duty. It will last for years!
7. Sunny Location or Artificial Light – Now you just sit back and allow your plants to grow into healthy vibrant plants. Be sure to keep water in your tray and to also keep your plants in a sunny location. Plants can not grow without sunlight or artificial grow lights. If you do not have a sunny location, you can use this Grow Light System. I have this one and love it!
8. Separate and Transplant Plugins Into Larger Containers – once your plants are well established and several inches high, it is time to separate the plants into individual plants and plant them into larger containers (see video). When you transplant into larger containers, it is a good idea to change your soil to Organic Potting Mix.
How Easy Was That?
That is it! You have successfully grown your own organic plants…easy right? Here is a video I did a few years back that walks you through this whole process.
As always, if you should have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below! Happy gardening everyone!
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