Starting seeds is a great way to remind yourself that a plentiful crop is easy and spring is not far around the corner. Putting seeds into soil and seeing them germinate brings a sense of magic to it all. How is it that something so small and enclosed in a hard shell can become such a fruitful plant or tree. It’s one of nature’s wonders, seeing a seedling become a plant that produces something edible and delightful. All it takes is having the right type of soil, the right environment, and patience.
Let’s start with the type of soil needed, preferably a seed starter type which you can find at most nurseries or home improvement stores. A seed starter soil allows for good air circulation, water drainage and it will not become compact over time unlike most topsoil. You may ask, what is seed starter soil made of? Mostly peat moss , vermiculite, and some perlite. Once you have seed starter soil, fill the containers with soil and soak well. If you place seeds in dry starter soil and then soak the soil, the seeds will become displaced and possibly not germinate. Finally, place the seeds to the recommended depth which you can find this information on the seed package.
Start seeds early before winter ends in a green house. We purchased our green house at the home improvement store for around $40 and it is about 2 feet wide by 5 feet tall. It works great and this winter we put it in our yard where it was exposed to the sun. A green house should get to a temperature between 60-85 degrees Fahrenheit for seeds to germinate and grow. Depending on the type of plants you want to grow make sure you determine the required temperature and the right location in and around your house. Just remember to keep the soil moist and in a few days you will see a miracle of nature appear.
Once your seedlings appear, you may need to eventually move them to a soil that has more organic matter such as potting soil. Once in potting soil they should continue to grow and if possible you may need to move them out of the green house if it is getting too hot. When the temperature outside permits, gradually acclimate your seedlings to the outside temperature and plant them in the ground once any danger of frost has passed. Enjoy the development of your labors of love.