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Seed StartingSeed starting

Seeds are nature’s way of reproducing plant life. But we can also grow plants deliberately from garden seeds ourselves, either directly in the ground, or in containers where we tend the growing seedlings until they are strong enough for us to plant them outside. Most of us plant garden seeds that are produced commercially.




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What Garden Seeds to Plant at Home


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There are probably millions of garden seeds on the market that you can plant in your garden. In fact, the choice for someone who has never planted garden seeds before is mind boggling. So how on earth do you decide what garden seeds to plant at home?


Probably the two most important factors relate to what kind of garden you want to create from garden seeds, and the seed type that is suitable for your ground and climate. Conveniently, producers of commercial garden seeds provide packaging that includes comprehensive information to help gardeners such as:


     •    when to sow the garden seeds
     •    what is the best position for particular garden seeds (for example,
           full sun or shade, or partial shade)
     •    the ideal germinating temperature
     •    when and how to space seedlings
     •    the eventual height of the plants grown from garden seeds


garden seedsIn addition, when choosing garden seeds think about what types of planters you will be using. Some garden seeds are specific for ground soil, while others do just fine in any type of container.


So always study the packaging information before deciding which garden seeds to plant.


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The Ideal Time to Plant Seeds


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While we normally consider spring to be the best time to plant seeds, if you study the instructions on seed packets, you will see that you can plant seeds of some species throughout the year, although not normally outdoors during winter, and certainly not in snow and frost conditions. However, if you plan on planting seeds indoors, this would allow you a much greater timeline.


What is most important when you plant seeds is to be sure that you know what elements are required for germination. Obviously, water is one factor that is essential, but too much water will prevent air from getting to the newly germinated seed and it will not grow.


Also take into account what types of planters you are using to plant seeds. If you’re using coco-liners you will need to water more frequently than other types of liners or containers.


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Another factor to consider when you plant seeds is that they will also need sufficient sunlight to continue growing after germination. So, take good care of your plant seeds to ensure they sprout.


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How To Go About Planting Seeds

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Whatever plants you plan on growing, there is a process you need to follow to make certain that you will succeed when planting seeds. These actions include you ensuring you have suitable soil for planting seeds, watering and feeding the seeds, and continuing to water and feed the seedlings as they push above ground.


If you choose to use containers or planters for planting seeds, you will need to pay close attention to the needs of the plants and the characteristics of your planter. For example, if you are using a biodegradable coco-lined planter for planting seeds, these need to be watered almost daily, sometimes even more, depending on the amount of sunlight they receive.


planting seeds- beansWhen planting seeds in the garden make sure the soil is suitable for the seeds you are going to plant. Planting seeds in soil that is either too alkaline or too acidic for the type of plant can be unsuccessful. When planting seeds in containers, start with a hearty, pre-mixed soil, and remember whatever way you choose for planting seeds, you need to consider the container type for what you are planting.


There are no absolutes when planting seeds other than the fact that most seeds require well drained soil, water and sunlight to grow and thrive. However, planting seeds indoors allows you more control of guaranteeing the success of your plants' growth!


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Tips About Seed Starting Soil

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If you are going to propagate your own plants from seed, you need to be sure that you have suitable seed starting soil. You also need to be sure that you know what sort of seed starting soil is suitable for different types of garden plants. Here are some tips to help you:


  1. Generally the best seed starting soil will be a sterilized mix that has been prepared specially for growing plants from seed.


  2. Once you have laid seeds in seed starting soil, cover them with a thin layer of soil and then water properly.


  3. Commercially ready seed starting soil and seedlings packaged in containers are also available and an easy way to begin growing seeds.


  4. Peat pots and peat pellets are a brilliant new option for seed starting soil that will practically guarantee healthy seedlings.

    seed starting soil


  5. Be aware that even with the very best seed starting soil, germinating seeds and seedlings do require constant (everyday) attention.


  6. Whichever type of seed starting soil you use, you can begin early – even before spring – if you house them indoors.


  7. You should cover germinating seeds, but when the first signs of life appear out of the seed starting soil, remove the cover.


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