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Starting Plants from Seed Indoors

 
 
Starting Plants from Seeds

Starting your own seeds at home is an easy way to increase the variety of garden plant options that are available. This quick and easy project will soon pay off with seedlings you can place in your island bed or raised garden.

 

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WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS JOB:

TOOLS:

  • Pencil

 

MATERIALS:


Step 1: Place pellets

Place pellets 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.
  

Step 2: Add seeds

Add seeds 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 included cover over the seed starter kit to keep the seeds warm and retain moisture while they germinate. 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 an artificial light source.
  

Step 3: Uncover seedlings

Uncover seedlings 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.
 

Step 4: Prepare seedlings for transplanting

Prepare seedlings for transplanting 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.