How to Start Seeds For a Vegetable Garden
1. Use a seed starting kit.
This particular seed starting kit has four part: a base, individual cells, lid, and a heating mat. This seed starter kit acts like a mini-greenhouse keeping the seeds nice and warm. The heating mat boosts soil temperature and stimulates root growth by warming to 65-70°F.
2. Fill cells with seed starting soil.
Seed starting soil has more nutrients than regular potting soil, perfect for growing vegetables! Once the cells are filled, pre-soak the soil with water so the seeds will start growing in a nice moist environment.
3. Plant fresh seeds.
Toss out those seed packets that have been sitting in your garage for a few years, and go buy new fresh seeds! Use a popsicle stick to make a ¼ inch indentation in the soil for the seeds.
4. Plant two seeds in each cell.
Planting multiple seeds in each cell increases your chances that one of the seeds will take. Best case scenario both seeds will flourish and you will grow two vegetables instead of one!
5. Cover with lid.
Place the covered seed starter in sunlight and monitor regularly to make sure the soil stays moist. If you see the soil drying out, water the seeds but make sure you don't over water or else the seeds won't take.
6. Remove greenhouse top once plants form.
In roughly 4-6 weeks your seedlings will appear. When plants grow they tend to lean towards the light, in order for every angle of the plant to see sunlight rotate the seed starter.
7. Move plants outdoors gradually.
Gradually increase the time placed outside so the plants "harden" and acclimate to their new climate. Start with 3-4 hours and increase the time outside by 1-2 hours per day. Once the plants have spent a few nights outside on their own they're ready to be transplanted!
8. Transfer into biodegradable peat pots.
Biodegradable pots will decompose and are the perfect size for seedlings. First, fill the biodegradable pot with potting soil. Next, remove the plant from the seed starter by pinching the bottom of the tray and slowly wiggling the plant stem. Pro tip: use a shovel to gently scoop the plant out of the tray and into the biodegradable pot. Make sure you don't disturb the root structure too much when you're transferring the plants.