Tips for Starting Seeds Indoors

April 11, 2020

SAB Lawn & Landscaping Inc is here to help make your vegetable gardening endeavors a whole lot easier. We have some expert tips to help you channel your inner green thumb. From tomatoes to beans –here’s how to convert your house into a green home in no time.

#1 Seed Starting Schedule
Keep in mind that you want to give your seeds enough time to grow and allow them to be of a relatively good size before you put them out in the garden after the frost has passed.

#2 Setting A Lighting Area
Prepare to give your seeds some supplemental lighting. For this, set up a lighted seed area and allow them to have no less than 12 -16 hours light per day and alter as the plants grow.

#3 Growing Containers
Get your hands on some peat pots as they have great drainage, and are porous and truly inexpensive. You may also start with any recycled container with drainage holes punched into the bottom.

#4 Preparing Soil
As you are dealing with young seedlings, begin with new, sterile, seed starting mix. Moisten the mix, fill your containers, and press gently to eliminate any air pockets.

#5 Sowing Seeds
It’s time to make ¼ to 1/2 inch divots in your soil and place 2-3 seeds into each pocket and cover with the soil mix. Don’t forget to mist the soil surface and cover with a humidity dome.

#6 Starting Small
It’s smart not to take on a lot for your initial experience of starting seedlings. Start with a few plants in 3 or 4 varieties while you are still in the learning stage.

#7 Watering Soil
Of course, the young plants need water to grow. Water the plants from underneath to allow the roots to draw in moisture. Remember not to overwater the soil, or the seedlings will drown.

#8 Fertilizing Seedlings
For a few weeks, the plants feed themselves with water, warmth, and light. But once the second set of true leaves appear, the seedlings can use some boost of organic fertilizer packed with nutrients and minerals.

#9 Repotting Transplants
You’ll know it’s time to repot the transplants into larger containers once your plants constantly demand water or the seedlings outgrow their pots. Make sure you are gentle when transferring the seedlings to the new container.

#10 Hardening off Period
Your seedlings are now ready to start adapting to outdoors! This will give your seedlings the chance to transition from the comfortable indoor growing conditions to the normal conditions in the outside garden.

#11 Transplanting to Garden
After the seedlings have adapted to the outside, it’s time to transplant them into their permanent place in the garden. Water the garden bed the day before you plant and water the seedlings well once planting is complete.
Happy Planting!

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