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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Start your vegetable seeds indoors
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