Get a Jump on Your Garden Season Now

You can learn from my mistake by using these seven easy steps that simplify the process and makes it much more fun and easy.

Get a Jump on Your Garden Season Now

Get a Jump on Your Garden Season Now!

 Easy Indoors seed starting Tips

Hey there Ruraler's! Yes, it's that time again, Spring is in the air. Where i live in California it has been quite warm but still not warm enough for plants outside. But it is a perfect time to start seeds inside. this will give you a head start......

Starting vegetable or flower seeds indoors is a great way to extend your gardening and growing season. Not to mention It's light on your budget.

However, starting vegetables from seed can be a bit tricky for many novice gardeners. Fortunately for you, you're in the right place.

You can learn from my mistake by using these seven easy steps that simplify the process and makes it much more fun and easy.

 7 Simple Steps to Start Seeds Indoors

Plan, Plan And plan some more!

Step #1: What are you growing?

Create a list of everything you want to grow. 

 Start by jotting down anything and everything you think you’d like to grow this season. This is the time to do a little daydreaming, so don’t worry about practicality or limitations at this point.

Once you have your “dream garden” list, go back and narrow your list down based on how much space, time, and budget you can devote to your organic vegetable garden. A great way to do all of this to use a notebook or journal.

Gardening Tip: Part of the joy of gardening is learning and trying new things. If at all possible, try to add at least one new variety or type of plant each growing season.

Once you have done that it's time to pick up some seed, (If you haven't already). Seed catalogs a great for this. you have a lot to chose from. You can also shop for your local hardware or garden supply stores. 

Do worry if you're on a budget the dollar store is a great place to get started too. But we will cover that in another article!wink

 

Step #2: Get your seed packets and other supplies.

Once you have a list of what you want to grow, it’s time to start collecting everything you need to get started.

In addition to seeds, you’ll also need seed trays or other planting containers, seed starter mix, plant labels, tweezers, and a spray bottle with a mist setting to water your newly planted seeds.

Gathering everything in one place before you get started means you won’t be making last-minute trips to the store after you begin.

Gardening Tip: Prepare your plant labels now. Baby plants tend to look alike and you don’t want to have trays of unnamed seedlings all over the place.

  Last year we didn't label a few and my boyfriend grew a large zucchini instead of a watermelon" he lost that bet lol"cool

So don't be like me.....Labeling your plants as you go will save you a lot of grief later.


Step #3: Disinfect containers.

 I reuse everything I can, so If you reuse containers for your seedlings from one year to the next, make sure you disinfect them at the start of each season. A solution of one part 3% hydrogen peroxide combined with nine parts water will do the trick.   

Gardening Tip: Food-grade hydrogen peroxide comes in a 35% solution, while the inexpensive type used in most household applications is 3%. If using food grade, dilute it down to 3% first (roughly 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 11 parts water), then combine with water as noted above.

Step #4: Provide adequate drainage.

Excess water in your potting containers can cause tender young roots to rot, so be sure to add drainage holes to your containers before planting, if necessary.

Step #5: Read each plant seed packet carefully.

Seed packets usually provide detailed planting instructions for each type of seed. For example, some seeds need to be soaked in water overnight before planting, while others need to be just barely covered with growing medium to germinate. The packaging should also indicate how far in advance you’ll need to start each type of plant, and how much water and light the seedlings need. If your seeds came from another gardener, a simple online search can give you the instructions you need.

Gardening Tip: Choose the right planting dates for your area. Six weeks before the last frost in your area is a good rule of thumb for most garden plants. This is enough time to ensure your plants reach an optimal size before they are transplanted outside.

If you aren’t sure what the best time is in your area, you can check here:

https://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-calendar

This is one of my favorite resources! ( US only.)

Step #6: Provide enough water... but not too much. Tiny seedlings dry out quickly, so make sure you water them frequently. However, overwatering can disturb the soil and/or lead to root rot. For best results, use a mist sprayer to gently water your tender young plants without drowning them.

 

Step #7: Harden off your plants before transplanting them outdoors.

Young plants grown indoors need time to adjust to being outside. A week or so before it’s time to transplant your seedlings into your garden, gradually introduce them to their new environment. Start with a few hours in a protected area and gradually increase the time they are outside each day until they become strong enough to survive a permanent move outdoors.

Although it does take a bit of know-how to start your seeds indoors, these seven simple steps will make your job so much easier.

I hope these easy tips help you get started!

Spring is just around the corner

Until next time

 Tamara J.

Rule Your Rural!