If you are a true gardener, buying flowers, fruits, and veggies as starts just isn’t an option for you. You want to start your own garden from scratch, and that means starting all of your plants from seeds.
If you’re going to use lights for starting seeds, here’s what you need to know:
Recommendation: Espoma Organic Seed Starting Mix. Unless I am making my own mix or have some soil from another gardening project, this is my go-to seed starting mix. It’s organic, has mycorrhizae to promote root growth, and works perfectly for almost any plants you need to start indoors.
In addition to your seed starting containers, you’re going to need some kind of lid to place over the top of the container. This will keep the moisture trapped within the container, encouraging germination.
Recommendation: Jiffy Peat Pellets. I LOVE these. You cannot beat the convenience of them. They expand with water and will easily fill up any seed starting system that you use.
This is why it’s always best to buy a fresh batch of soil when you are going to start seeds. This way, you can be certain that the soil is free of weeds and any toxic substances, and that it is just the right consistency to promote healthy seed growth.
There are a lot of things needed to ensure that the seeds you plant can grow into strong seedlings and young plants. With the right seed starting supplies and equipment, you’ll get your garden started in no time.
- Peat Pots – For those who want to go all-natural, peat pots are exactly what they sound like: pots made out of peat. You plant the seeds in the pots, and, once the seeds are grown into seedlings, you plant the entire pot into the ground. The peat will help to protect the seedlings from damping-off.
- Flats – These are the classic seed-starting containers, and the ideal choice for those who are trying to get their basic garden off the ground. A “flat” is basically a large, rectangle-shaped container with lots of space for the soil and seeds. You may find that some of the seedlings’ root systems become intertwined, as there is no divider to separate the plants. Still, flats are easiest (and cheapest) for starting a lot of seeds.
- Cell Pack – This is exactly like a flat, but the container comes with individual compartments. You fill the cell pack with soil, place the seeds in each compartment, and when the time comes to remove the seedling, it comes out in a neat little cube. They’re nice and cheap, not to mention available EVERYWHERE.
- Soil Block – A soil block is exactly what is sounds like: a block of soil for you to start your seedlings. The blocks are usually compressed into cubes, and you just plant your seeds directly into those cubes. They tend to dry out more quickly than the other options, but they can be planted right into the soil of your garden without needing to remove the plant from a container.
- Individual Containers – Instead of using a huge tray (flat or cell pack), you can always go the route of using individual containers and flower pots for starting your seeds. Paper pots, peat pots, soil blocks, and plastic pots are all options for those who want total control over the environment in which their seedlings grow.
- DIY Containers – Plastic egg cartons make an awesome DIY cell pack, but you can use plastic yoghurt or pudding cups, paper cups, and even old milk cartons as containers for your seedlings. All you’ll need to do is cut holes in the bottom to ensure the water has a way to drain out!
By mixing these ingredients, you’ll make the perfect soil to start your seeds growing.
For most of us, starting seeds can either be full of joy or fear. Knowing exactly which seed starting supplies will work best is a great way to prepare.
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Growing seed in the proper sized container is critical. Starting items like tomatoes and peppers in 50 cell, 84 cell or 144 cell plug trays instead of 288 trays or 512 trays can give you large enough plants to transplant directly into the field without having to transplant them first into a larger cell or pack. This can save a lot of time and labor. On the other hand, planting really small seeded flowers into large cells hinders germination and the development of a strong root system. Jiffy Peat products are ideal for starting seeds and for transplanting plants directly into the field. Because the roots are not disturbed while transplanting, transplant shock is reduced, resulting in bigger, healthier, and earlier vegetable crops. Jiffy Peat Pots and Jiffy Strips are biodegradable and OMRI approved for organic production.
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Harris Seeds carries an extensive selection of seed starting supplies. Buy grow lights, heat mats, Jiffy pots, pellets, plastic plant trays & domes, plug trays.