For most seed varieties I prefer to start in Coconut Coir Pellets and then transplant into the garden.
|Basil seedlings in Coconut Coir Pellets|
Why does this matter? Well, a hard rain can displace tiny seeds or seedlings. For this reason I grow in coconut coir pellets on my patio or laundry room and then transplant into the garden.
Root crops such as Beets, Radish, Turnips and Rutabagas should be direct sown.
Animals are another reason I like to transplant. Between the neighborhood cats, squirrels and lizards, my garden becomes a salad bar at times. However, If i grow lush tomato seedlings under protection until they're strong enough to survive, I have a greater chance of success.
Soak Your Seeds
Almost all seed varieties can be soaked prior to planting. Never soak CORN. Beans and peas should not be soaked for more than 3 hours.
Soaking your seeds will bring them to life before they are planted. This has increased my germination rates AND the seeds tend to germinate faster.
Hard shelled seeds such as Eggplant, Peppers and Tomatoes can be soaked for 48 hours.
We've made a quick video for Seed Starting Made Simple
It Takes Time
Germination is the process by which a plant grows from a seed. Growing plants from seeds takes time. Each variety has an approximate germination time. For example, Tomatoes can take 7-14 days to germinate. Peppers can take as long as 4 weeks!!!
A simple solution to bugs, rain and space is to plant in a container. You don't need anything fancy. Below is a small rubbermaid bin. I drilled small holes in the bottom, added a layer of dead leaves and then filled with organic potting soil and homemade compost.
Once you fill your bin with dirt it should be watered before you plant seeds or seedlings. In this bin I planted seeds directly. In a single bin I planed Lemonbalm, Basil, Swiss Chard and Little Gem Lettuce
It's that easy!
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