Starting seeds indoors can be a bit intimidating.
Years ago, I gave it a try and it was a complete flop. Looking back, I see my errors. Since that time, I’ve been over-paying for sub-standard plants from the big-name nurseries. I am now motivated to give it another try.
The first thing you will need is good seeds. Heirlooms are my seed of choice this year for the most part, however, you might decide otherwise. Hybrids are another popular choice as well as organic. Here’s a little info on the difference. Being a seed-saver, I am not nearly as interested in hybrids this year, due to the fact that most of the seeds will be sterile. Seeds produced from heirlooms won’t be. Annie’s Heirlooms, Johnny’s Seeds, Territorial Seeds and Burpee all got a little of my money.
How to save a seed? Read this, but don’t worry about it right now.
Buy a good starter mix along with these plastic growing cells. I am using Johnny’s Mix this year, but there are lots of good ones out there. Just choose a germination mix and get started. Also, if you’re careful with them, these plastic cells will last for a couple of years.
After you decide what to plant indoors, go ahead and plant! Some of these seeds are so tiny, I had to use a pair of tweezers to get them in my little soil holes. It slowed me down, but in a good way.
I enjoyed feeling each seed as I placed it in the soil! I made little holes with a pencil tip.
Once planted, your seeds will need warm soil, which is provided by a heat pad. I’ve checked a number of places and the prices were pretty consistent. I got mine from Burpee.
Also, don’t forget to water them and keep them moist, but not saturated, at all times.
Finally, you will need a grow light of some kind. I got mine at Home Depot, along with two plant bulbs at about $10 each. Not a bad investment at all, considering that it should last for years to come. Your seedlings will not need the light until they germinate, but don’t wait too long. My seeds popped up on only 4 days and I didn’t have my light up yet!
You will want to keep your light as close as you can without burning them. If the light is too high, the plants will reach for it and become spindly and without enough leaves.
Once your seeds germinate and get about 3″ tall, put the light on them 24/7. Be sure to keep them well watered and enjoy the thrill of growing your seeds indoors!
Here is a Martha Stewart video with a representative from Johnny’s, for you visual types. Enjoy!