If you really love to garden, chances are that you’ve considered starting your own garden plants from seed. If you haven’t already done so, just follow these five easy tips and you’ll have seedlings in a couple of weeks:
Choose a seed starting mixture: One classic choice is equal parts of perlite, peat moss and organic material. Your local agricultural center can advise you as to what will work best where you live.
Use commercial propagation trays: These work better than anything else. Check out online sources because garden centers don’t carry them. It’s a good idea to start with trays with large cells because they allow you a longer period of time before you have to transplant.
Hand seeding works just fine: You don’t need a commercial seeder; just press the seed into the soil with a finger.
Water consistently: The most common cause for seeds failing to germinate is soil that becomes dry from inconsistent watering. Use a nozzle with a fine mist and make several passes a few minutes apart.
Keep the temperature right: Some growers like to cover the trays with plastic wrap to hold in warmth and moisture. Whether you take this step or not, find a way to keep the temperature at about 70 degrees for greatest success. You can buy heat mats designed just for this purpose, and they work quite well.
Now, while those seeds are busy germinating, remember to spend some time preparing the soil in the garden where you’ll put them when they grow into plants!