Seed Starting

Choosing What You Want To Grow

When deciding what you want to grow, consider your needs and the space you have available. If you have limited space, try growing things that take up a minimal space in your garden. Some good choices include; pole beans, such as the Kentucky Wonder, okra and tomatoes. Choose compact varieties. Vining crops, such as cucumbers can be also be trained to grow upward on supports, taking up less ground space in the garden.

Leafy greens, such as spinach and lettuce do well in small gardens, just be sure to harvest often to keep the needed growing space small. Other good choices include beets, turnips and shallots.


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Seed Starting Kits

You can choose to start your seed indoors using a seed starting kit, a mini greenhouse, a flat or even a large pot. The mini greenhouse kits are great and are available in various sizes. I usually start my seed in thirty-six - seventy-two cells units. They have individual pots with their own drainage holes and raised ridges on the bottom of a water tight tray that keep the plant roots above the water line. This helps to provide maximum air circulation to encourage healthy root development. Thy also come equipped with a clear humidity dome that keeps the moisture in to improve the germination process.

If the kit does not come with a premixed soil, fill the individual pots with a good starting mix. Wet the soil thoroughly with warm water. Then, using the blunt end of a pencil, make a small dent or hole in the center of each pot. Place three seeds into each hole, then cover loosely with soil twice the thickness of the seed, or follow the instructions on the seed packet. Wet again, after you cover the seed with soil.

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All Natural Fiber Seed Starting Pots

I like these because; when the seedling is ready to transplant to the garden or container, you simply tear the material away around the bottom edges and plant the entire pot. These all natural fiber pots are bio-degradable and actually help to improve soil quality. Another plus to using these is, less chance of damage during the transplanting process.

Label Your trays

Be sure to label your trays for easy identification. I like to double label them, using small plastic stakes placed directly in the pots themselves. Then for backup, I place paper tape directly on the outside of the flat or container. You can purchase these inexpensive stakes at your local garden center.

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Recycled Egg Cartons=Micro greenhouse

Another idea for starting seeds would be to use an empty egg carton. Simply fill each egg compartment with your seed starting mix, wet the soil with warm water, make an indention in the center of each one. Place 2-3 seeds in each hole and lightly cover with soil.Add a little more water, make sure that all are moist, then simply close the egg carton lid to create a micro greenhouse. After the seeds germinate; using scissors, clip small holes in the bottom of each compartment. Cut the lid off lengthwise and place the egg carton inside. The lid serves as a moisture drainage tray.

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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Hi Mark, I've had really good luck so far with starting seeds in trays. I haven't tried to grow Rhubarb yet, but would like to try it one day. It may one of those that take years to produce actual fruit. Thanks for voting and commenting.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Sun-Girl, glad you enjoyed the Hub. Thanks for stopping by.


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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

Very useful and inspiring hub which i enjoyed and learnt a lot from.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

TnFlash,I agree with you, it is a great way to save money. Thanks for viewing.


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TnFlash 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

Great Hub! With prices going up on everything, this is a great way to save money on groceries. Good work!


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

BrightMeadow, I'm excited about Spring too. Thanks for commenting.


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BrightMeadow 5 years ago from a room of one's own

Great hub. I'm so excited for spring.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

WalksThroughLife, I'm glad you can put the information to use. I know what you mean about Spring planting. I'm so ready to for Spring. In the meantime I'm starting a lot of seed indoors to give them a jump start so I can have an earlier harvest. Thanks for you comment.


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WalksThroughLife 5 years ago from Utah

Thanks for the great information. I can't wait until spring to plant my tomatoes!


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Daddy Paul, We are having really bad weather in Oklahoma right now. At present we have about 12" of snow on the ground and are expecting two more rounds next week, so I'm keeping myself busy starting seeds in the comfort of my warm home for now :) I'm so ready for Spring. Thank you for commenting.


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Daddy Paul 5 years ago from Michigan

I feel spring coming now! nice hub.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

thoughtforce,I know what you mean, I feel the same way. Good luck with your seed starting.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Inspiring hub! The best way to actually feel that the spring will come is to start seeds! It is like a promise! I am on my way to fetch the trays from the garage now! A very good hub!

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