Is it that easy to plant plants from seeds? Seed sowing isn’t even a natural skill, though many people think it is. Most plants, trees, and flowers are very easy to plant from seeds if you just take a while to learn how. Buy or collect seeds from gardening stores, magazines, and seed banks. Find some pots or trays (see notes on drainage below) and find a sunny location.
Start small: If you have large seeds or plants that you don’t want to take outside, like squash or cucumbers, you can lay them in a plastic bag and seal the bag tightly. Smaller seeds, however, won’t work as well in a sealed bag. For larger seeds, spread them out on paper towels in small pieces. These paper towels will contain the moisture from the soil so your seeds don’t dry out and die.
Place seeds on top of the paper towel-covered dirt in the germination sprout tray. Cover lightly with more dirt and then cover again with the germination sprout tray. Turn the tray over every two weeks, so the seeds are not laying directly on top of the dirt. After the third rotation, place a glass jar with moist soil inside the hole. Place the jar inside the hole where the seeds should be and cover with more dirt.
Continue this procedure until your plant trays are full and the seeds are ready to sprout. You may want to buy sprouts that are already sun-wilted. This makes it easier for you to control the time in which your plants grow best. Once the plants are sprouting, remove them from the pots and place them carefully into the plant trays. Water them generously but do not overwater as this can cause root rot.
It is best to make your seed compost at home. If you live in a dry climate you can add some organic materials like leaves or grass clippings into your compost. In a warm area, the seeds will need to be watered directly with a spray hose.
Make sure your seeds are ready before you plant them. Check the seeds regularly for moisture, firmness, and size. If you find any have broken, do not use them until they are fully developed. When the vegetables start to blossom, the water they generously using a sprinkler or a hose and keep them in a shady place until they bloom again.
Vegetable seeds indoors have two major benefits over sprouted vegetables outdoors. They are ready to harvest right after they are sprouted and they are ready to eat immediately. The second benefit is that you will be able to enjoy fresh vegetables all year long, instead of just harvesting at the beginning of the vegetable growing season. The timing of your gardening will also determine the size and number of vegetables you can grow in your home.
It is important to ensure that the vegetables are placed about four inches away from windowsill plants, air circulation, and good drainage. Once your seedlings appear, you must provide them with an ample amount of sunlight, but avoid getting direct sunlight on them because this can result in the yellowing of the leaves. Overcast conditions can also cause the death of your transplanted seedlings. Good luck in your gardening endeavor.
Before you plant your seed packets, be sure to clear out all weeds and rocks around the area where you will be planting them. This is because weeds can hinder the growth of your seedlings. Once the area has been cleared, prepare the soil by using a shovel or spade to remove any rocks or sand in the area. Once the soil is ready, you can place your seed packets in and cover the seed packets with mulch. This will make it easier for the soil to drain and aerate.
After the area has been prepared, you can begin planting. Planting smaller seeds first will give you more time to adjust the depth of the soil. You can alternatively plant deeper or shallower seed packets with larger seeds next to each other. Another way to go about planting is to place larger seeds on one side of the bed and smaller seeds on the opposite sides. If you find this method is not working well, you can alternate these methods until you find a system that works best for you.
After planting, keep an eye on the germinating seeds. If a seed packet starts to leak or turn yellow, you should either pick it up or take it off the garden bed before its expiry date passes. Remember to check the expiry date on your seed packets annually.