How to Start Seeds Indoors

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Grow seedlings indoors to create a thriving garden

To grow brand new flowers and veggies that will flourish, start them indoors from seed. This quick and easy project will soon pay off with seedlings you can place in your garden or raised garden bed.  

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Place pellets
Place pellets - Start Seeds Indoors

Place peat pellets in the individual cells of the seed starter kit and fill each cell with water. If you use warm water, the plugs will absorb the water faster.

Add seeds
Add seeds - Start Seeds Indoors

• Use a pencil or chopstick to break open the surface of the soil plugs and form a small indention for the seeds about ¼ inch deep.
• Drop two seeds into each indention.
• Place the cover included in the seed starter kit over the tray to keep the seeds warm and to retain moisture while the seeds germinate.

Tip: An adequate heat and light source is important. If you do not have a bright, sunny area in your home, consider placing the seeds near a lamp.

Uncover seedlings
Uncover seedlings - Start Seeds Indoors

When your new seedlings begin to emerge and reach a height between 2 to 3 inches, remove the cover. Check the peat pellets every few days and water as needed to keep them moist. For average germination times, refer to the seed packet.

Prepare seedlings for transplanting
Prepare seedlings transplanting - Start Seeds Indoors

Harden your new seedlings before transplanting them to an outdoor garden to reduce the risk of shock. To do this, simply take your seed starter kit with the seedlings and place it outdoors in a warm, shaded area for a few hours each day. After a week or so, your new seedlings should be ready for transplanting.