Growing plants from seed sounds easy enough. You buy a packet of seeds and plant them in the garden, except that at this time of year you plant the seeds in trays indoors. Once the seeds sprout and the seedlings have grown large enough you transplant them into individual pots and then outside once the conditions are suitable. Unfortunately there are a few problems that can occur on the way and so these eighteen tips will ensure that you achieve success. These tips come from an article by Margaret Roach which I found on her A Way To Garden website.
BECOMING a confident seed starter unlocks a garden of possibilities; you can try your hand at anything offered in any catalog, no longer limited by the local garden center?s palette. As daunting as it may seem, remember this: In nature, seeds sow themselves successfully?usually emerging when the soil?s moist and starting to warm up, then enjoying fresh air and plenty of sunshine, with hopefully just enough rain.
Following the green links in some of my 18 simple seed-starting tips below will take you to more detail, or to examples of the gear I use. I also have an FAQ page of seed-related questions and answers, if something?s not covered here, plus how-to links for some popular vegetables at the bottom of this page.
Details of spacing and depth are not included, since they vary by crop. Your seed packet (or better yet, the company?s website it came from) may offer specifics. My basic guidance: Except with large seeds like peas and beans and squash, which I direct sow outdoors and deeper, I make a shallow depression or furrow, press the seed gently in, and lightly cover it with more medium.
Go to the next page to see the seed starting tips including the biggest reason for failures.