Tips to Start Spring Seed Planting Now
You can get a head start on the upcoming season by planting your spring garden inside now.
Spring is just around the corner, which means there's no better time than the present to begin seeding your spring garden. No matter if you're green-thumbed or just beginning to garden, the experts at Pike Nurseries have tips for all gardeners ready to begin spring planting. Pike says that some seeds like peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants take longer to reach maturity, so it's beneficial to start these seeds inside the home now to get a head start on the upcoming growing season.
10 Seed Planting Tips to Sprout Your Spring Garden
1. Use a seed starter kit.
Especially if you're a beginner, this is one of the simplest ways for you to get your garden going. A seed starter kit usually comes with everything you need to begin, including starter soil, a self-watering system, and a clear cover that seals the tray and turns it into a miniature greenhouse. Plus, sometimes the trays are made of peat, which you can plant into the ground once your seed has started, allowing you to better keep the root system intact.
2. Read up on the seeds you choose.
You can pick a variety of seeds–herbs, vegetables, or flowers–to start your spring garden. The most important part is to read the back of the seed packets o those you choose to gain more information about how to successfully grow each plant. You'll find details like germination time (how long it takes for the seed to sprout), which means you'll first want to plant those that take longer to germinate. You will also see how deeply you should plant each seed. Pike Nurseries says a good rule of "green thumb" is the bigger the seed, the deeper it should be planted.
3. Soak the starting soil in water before planting.
Pike also recommends to soak your seed starting soil in water the night before you want to start planting. This process will allow the soil to soak up the water thoroughly. Then, when you're ready to plant, squeeze as much of the water out of the soil as you can.
4. Fill your pots or trays with the starting soil.
Now, the fun begins. Put the seed starting soil in your pot or tray and pack it down, adding more as necessary.
5. Properly place the seeds.
Use a pencil to poke a hole in the soil and to make a spot for the seed. Only place one seed per pot, unless the seeds are super small. If the seeds are tiny, place a few in each pot.
6. Carefully water the newly planted seed.
Be gentle about it. Then, place the clear cover from your starter seed kit on top to create the mini greenhouse atmosphere mentioned above.
7. Label your plants!
Especially if you're starting a few different types of seeds, you'll want to keep each pot labeled properly so that you can care correctly for each plant.
8. Place the plants next to windows indoors.
You'll want to pick the sunniest, warmest windows. And if your windows are particularly drafty, just place the plants a few feet farther from the windowsill.
9. Fertilize your seedlings.
Once your seedling has sprouted its first real leaves (seedling is the term used for a very young plant grown from a seed instead of a cutting), begin fertilizing it.
10. Move your plants outdoors when spring arrives.
Don't do it too soon. It may have been weirdly warm as of late, but that doesn't mean a blustery cold front still won't come to visit. To be safe, you'll want to wait until there is absolutely no risk of frost, which is around late March or early April.