Growing plants from seeds

Growing plants from seeds

Make it your own!

Growing plants from seeds is gratifying and easy to accomplish depending on the plant variety you select. I personally prefer to grow vegetables (like the Green Bell Pepper sprouts pictured above) partly because I like to cook and eat them! The growth process performed by a single seed is pretty darn cool. Heck, it’s remarkable!

When growing plants from seeds you really have the opportunity to “make it your own” as opposed to just buying something from the nursery. Don’t get me wrong now… I still purchase decorative flowers from the nursery to spruce up my property curb appeal. But for vegetable gardens there is no better way to gloat. And that is with your head held high because you’ve actually cultivated something edible!

Check out these Green Bell Pepper sprouts!

Growing plants from seed - Green Bell Peppers
Growing plants from seed – Green Bell Peppers

What you will need

Growing plants from seeds is actually pretty simple and doesn’t break that bank. Links have been inserted under the list for your convenience. Here is a list of some items I use to get started~

  1. Espoma VM8 8-Quart Organic Vermiculite
  2. Scotts Organic Group 70551430 All Purpose Garden Soil
  3. Pro-Hex Tray Professional Seed Starting Tray
  4. Seeds of your choice
  5. Water

Growing plants from seeds

I personally like to use the Pro-Hex Professional Seed Starting Tray as the backbone to my nursery. In my experience seed starting trays help me keep everything neat and in order. I plant a row of the same type of seed and mark the row with the plant and date. So, in a seed starting tray with 72 cells, you will have a matrix of 6×12 cells. I plant 6 of the same seed in one row and then plant another 6 seeds of a different variety in the next. You can develop your own strategy but this what works best for me.

Fill the cells

Fill the seed starter cells that you would like to use with your soil medium. As listed above, I like garden soil, and top it off with a layer of vermiculite after I have placed my seed. If you would like to follow my method, make sure you leave about 2-3 centimeters of space when adding your soil medium. Now take your seed and place one in the center of each cell that is filled with soil. Cover the seed with vermiculite, or soil depending on your situation, and water each cell lightly. Vermiculite tends to retain moisture so we must ensure the soil mix is most and not soaking wet to avoid rotting the seed. Finally, place the plastic cover the seed starter tray, and then move the tray to an area that is warm – This will create a mini-greenhouse environment!

Completed Seed Starter Tray

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