Seed Starting Tips – Start Garden Seeds Indoors

Sprouting Seed reduced for webStarting plants from seed can be a very rewarding gardening project.  Most garden seeds can be started indoors before the last chance of frost when we are itching to get back into the garden (or in the heat of summer to get fall crops started).  Starting seeds indoors can sometimes provide more unique varieties than the plants that are available for purchase at the garden center later in the season.  Planting seeds can also save a great deal of money with packs of seeds costing just a few dollars or less.  We are proud to offer a variety of quality seed lines including Botanical Interests.  We have a selection of conventional and organic seeds as well as hybrid, heirloom and non-GMO varieties.  For a list of spring seed starting dates see our article here.  For fall seed starting dates see our article here.

For the best results in your seeds we’ve put together a few tips.

  • Use a good quality seed starter.  Seed starter mix is much lighter than traditional potting soil and has less pine bark.  Tiny seedling roots are delicate and they need a fine grade soil to get started.  We love Fox Farm Light Warrior (it’s also a customer favorite) – It’s the perfect light-weight, fast draining seed medium.  It’s also packed with wonderful nutrients like beneficial microbes, humic acid & earthworm castings to help plants thrive!
  • Turn seedlings daily to keep stems strong.  Seedlings tend to grow toward the sun, turning them will keep them upright and stronger.
  • Make room by the sunniest window in your home or move trays outside on warmer days.  Seedlings need ample lighting.  Supplement with grow lights if necessary.  Heat mats can also keep them warm in places with more light but less protection from the cold, like enclosed porches.
  • Label your seeds clearly.  You’ll likely forget what’s what.  One easy way is to write with a fine point permanent marker on masking tape and then fold it over with a toothpick to make a tiny flag.  These can be stuck at the end of your rows or directly into seed starting pods.  Popsicle sticks and plant markers also work well.
  • After the first true leaves develop, it’s time for a little fertilizer.  We recommend a diluted organic liquid fertilizer like Neptune Harvest’s fish & seaweed.

Want to learn more about planting seeds?  Just as our staff!