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Overwatering can cause the seedlings to wilt or attract fungus gnats (more on this below). But also, baby leaves may wilt if the soil is too dry.

We sprouted thyme, basil, hot peppers, sweet peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, okra, and bittermelon this year. Most of it did fairly well, but I think we may make some adjustments to our selection next year.

In this method, seeds are sown when it’s still cold outside into clear plastic containers (like empty juice bottles). The container creates a micro-climate that is warmer than the air outside, so the seeds will sprout sooner in the container than they would in the exposed soil.

Caring For Your Seedlings

I hope you found this article on how to plant seeds useful!

There’s a lot of information on seed starting here, so I’ve broken down this article into sections. Click on a link to jump to a specific section, or scroll through and read everything in order.

If you’re new to growing your own food, start with a few plants that you actually want to eat. There’s no point in planting eggplant if no one in your family will eat it!

It can also be a very frustrating experience, though, and I don’t want you to feel that! With a bit of information, you can plant your seeds knowing that you’ve given them the best chance of growing well.

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To increase your chances of getting it right, here are a few things you can do:

For seeds that need light to germinate, make sure the seeds are in contact with the seed starting medium but are not covered. To do this, gently press the soil medium to create a firm surface. Then, place the seed on top of the medium and gently press down, making sure the seed is still exposed.

Sowing Too Many Seeds

The Spruce / K. Dave

The Spruce / K. Dave

The amount of water you supply can make or break seedling growth. Watering is one of the most challenging aspects of seed starting. Because seedlings are so delicate, there is very little room for error when it comes to watering. You must keep the sterile seed-starting medium damp but not wet.

It is quite economical to start seeds indoors, especially when the seedlings grow into robust plants. However, growing seeds indoors can be challenging. To significantly increase your chances of success, avoid these common seed-starting mistakes.

There are so many benefits to growing from seed that you may choose to start planting and growing flowers and vegetables at home rather than buying them fully grown in store.

A seed is defined in the dictionary as being ‘the unit of reproduction of a flowering plant, capable of developing into another such plant. We recently spoke about how plant cells grow and how to sow seeds indoors , so we thought we would expand on that a little bit.

Guide To Germinating Your Seeds

Many seeds do not need lighting to germinate while others do. You may need a source of heat and light as sunlight will most likely not suffice. Pick up a plant lamp to keep your seeds happy with lots of lights and heat. Please note: You may use a fluorescent lamp without trouble but you will need a white bulb to provide the right heat and light for your seeds without burning them. A heat mat may also be a good idea for plants that require extra heat.

You will need a container that is two to three inches deep and features holes at the bottom, for drainage purposes. The width of the container can vary – it all depends on how many seeds you wish to plant. However, remember to ensure you leave enough room for the seeds to germinate. You can buy trays from your local garden centre or online, or you can even use an egg carton. Now that you have your container ready, you will need to line your seeds with your growing medium. Do not fill your container right to the top with this combination, instead leave approximately half an inch at the top. Lightly wet with water to provide a good environment for the seeds to grow in. However, do note that soil-less mixture contains zero nutritional value so it may be a good idea to use seed and cutting compost.

Garden soil can contain high levels of disease and insects that can cause harm to your seeds. Therefore, it is the safer option in most cases to start your seeds off indoors in ‘seed and cutting’ compost. Obviously, these conditions will vary from plant to plant, so make sure you check thoroughly before beginning the process.