How to Start Your Own Organic Seedlings Indoors

Starting your own seedlings is a great way to save money, have a wider selection of varieties and gain personal satisfaction. Here are easy to follow tips on getting your seeds off to a great start.

Step 1: Things You Will Need

  • seed starting soil-recipe to follow
  • container with holes in the bottom
  • clear lid
  • mister
  • watering can
  • seeds
  • heat source

Step 2: Seed Starting Soil Recipe

  • 3 parts peat/coir
  • 2 parts perlite
  • 2 parts compost

or buy a good mix from a garden center

Step 3: Fill Your Container with Soil

  • fill container over the top
  • gently press down and scrape off extra
  • make sure the corners have soil

Step 4: Plant Your Seeds

  • make divets with you finger. Go as deep as planting seed depth which is usually on back of packet or about twice as long as the seed.
  • place seeds in holes
  • cover with soil
  • press down gently

Step 5: Water

Gently water. use bottom watering in a tray or a very gentle watering can.

Step 6: Place in Warm Spot

Use a heat mat (you can find them at garden centers). Otherwise, maybe the top of your refrigerator is warm or some other spot.

Step 7: Keep Moist

Mist regularly to keep moist. Water as needed so that the soil doesn't dry out.

Step 8: Sprouted Seedlings Need Light

Once sprouted, find a bright spot for you seedlings. You can use florescent lights if they are kept about 6 inches above the plant.

Step 9: Fertilize

Once the plants have true leaves,not the first two that appear (They are called cotyledons), Fertilize weekly with fish fertilizer. Follow instructions on package for dilution amounts.

Step 10: Transplant

Once they are big enough and the weather is right, transplant the seedlings outside. First they will need to be hardened off. To do this, set the plants outside for an hour or so. Gradually increase the time they are exposed to the outside until they are used to a full day of sun (6-8 hours).

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