We love the idea of starting our own seeds at home! Knowing where your food comes from is some people’s top priority, especially now that its Spring! Spring is the perfect time to start seeds and get them planted in the ground outside after the last frost – usually occurring mid-May. Read on for how to start your own seeds, and what products we recommend!
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- Start with Jiffy Seed Starter Greenhouse 72 Cell
- Fill every cell with Espoma Seed Starter Soil
- Place seeds directly in soil, not too deep, with about 3-4 seeds per cell if small and 1-2 seeds if large
- Keep seeds evenly moist, not too wet
- Keep under consistent light for 8-10 hours per day, if possible. Fluorescent light is great because it is more consistent than natural light which will change throughout the day
- Keep at room temperature, not too warm. Too warm of temperature causes seeds to grow too fast.
- As seedlings grow, thin out the weakest leaving only one or two strong sprouts – that’s why you want to plant more than 1 seed per cell
- As seedlings get even larger, transplant them in 4″ biodegradable CowPots and let them fill out to capacity
- After last frost – typically mid May – plant directly into ground, including the pot!
- After planting in soil, begin a fertilizer schedule using Neptune’s Harvest Organic Fish Fertilizer at a rate of 1 ounce per gallon of water, every 2 weeks
- Continue with regular watering and fertilizing to ensure proper health