Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Seed Starting

If you're thinking about having a garden this year, now is a good time to start your seeds inside. It's a lot easier than you may think and it's definitely less expensive than buying established plants. Growing your own food is rewarding in so many ways. It's better for the environment because you're not relying on gas guzzling trucks to deliver food to stores. Home grown produce is also healthier and better tasting. And it's extremely satisfying to work and care for your plants and see them turn into beautiful, delicious food that will nourish your entire family.

To begin, you need to choose your seeds wisely. I recommend choosing certified organic, ecologically grown, or heirloom seeds. You can find these at your local garden shop or you can easily order them on-line. Make sure that the seeds are not genetically modified!

Your next step is to choose a method in which to sow your seeds. You can use seed starting flats or you can use recycled materials that you probably already have around your house. Egg cartons or empty food containers are good choices.

You'll need to fill your flats with a seed starting potting mix. Water to moisten and use a pencil to make a small hole in the soil. Next, place 2-3 seeds in the hole and gently cover. Water again just until it starts to drain from the bottom. Make sure you label your seeds so you won't forget what you planted! Now cover and place in a warm location. I put mine on top of the freezer but if you don't have the space you can buy a warming mat. Check your seed packet for more detailed instructions on how long it will take for your specific plant to germinate.

Easier than you thought, right? Pick up a packet and try it. You'll be amazed at how tiny seeds turn into something so marvelous!

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