Did you know that there is a budding gardener in all of us? With a little planning and gardening knowledge we can all be successful gardeners! I don’t believe in “brown thumbs,” and you shouldn’t either! In this post I am going to ignite the gardener in you and show you how to choose seeds, containers, make your own potting mix and sprout seeds for your Spring and Summer Garden! Growing our own food and flowers is fun!
Before we can begin to plant our seeds indoors, we must know when our last frost is in our particular region of the country. If you are reading this and you live in the U.S. here is a great guide for you to follow. It Is the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. General Rule of thumb for planting seeds indoors is to plant them 6-8 weeks before the last Frost.
I have been gardening since I was a kid. It was a natural fit for me as I watched my parents plant potatoes and wheat on the 100 acres of land on our Farm. So when it came time to put the vegetable and flower gardens in, I wanted my own packet of seeds! Our kitchen table was filled with seed catalogs once January rolled around and of course since old habits die hard, today our kitchen table looks the same way.
Since we are in the dead of Winter in the U.S. this is the perfect time to begin preparing, reading, outlining and deciding on what you really want to grow! Dreaming of gardening this time of the year actually helps to chase away those Winter blues too.
Before Purchasing Seeds
Before purchasing seeds, let’s think this all through. There is more to sprouting seeds than just tossing them in some soil. I want you to be super successful so I am going to give you a step by step overview of how to go about all of this. Don’t fret! I will be continuing this garden series all throughout the year and sharing gardening tips a few times each month to guide you along the way.
- Do some research on your soil, climate and plants that thrive in your area.
- Draw an outline of your garden.
- Think about space, height, appearance, water, light.
- Make a list of your choice of seeds and research them; some seeds need to be soaked or chilled.
- Make notes on your calendar about weather conditions and save the calendar for the next garden year.
- Check out different companies that sell seeds and compare selections and pricing.
- Purchase seeds now. (Resources at end of post.)
- Easy seeds to grow*radish, lettuce, sunflower, nasturtium.*
- Purchase containers for planting your seeds in; you can use plastic pots, peat pots or even egg shells!
Preparing Pots and Soil For Planting Seeds
You have done your research, made your purchases and now your green thumb is itching to get to work! Today I am sharing with you a step by step guide on how to plant seeds indoors. Plus a homemade Seedling Potting Mix Recipe for your seedlings or you can purchase your own.
- Prepare you plastic pots by making sure they are clean and have proper drainage.
- Label pots so you will remember what you planted! Trust me friends, those rascally seedlings tend to all look the same!
- Follow directions for planting seeds on back of seed packet.
- Gently press seeds in potting mixture with your finger or the eraser end of a pencil works wonderful!
- Pick out the plumpest and healthiest looking seeds in the packet to get the very best germination.
- Cover containers with plastic wrap and prick holes in wrap. I’ve used a pin or toothpick. You get the idea.
- Keep seeds evenly moist, don’t allow to dry out.
- Once seedlings appear remove plastic and move to a bright light.
- When seedlings get their second set of leaves move them to indirect light.
Thank you for joining me today as we work together to create a home and garden through our talents, gifts, hands and hearts!
Next segment in our series we will discuss Hardening Off and Transplanting our seedlings.