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  • How-To Video: Tips for Starting Seeds

    Starting plants from seeds is so easy and very rewarding. It’s a terrific way to get kids involved in gardening, too. It’s also a great way to save money!

    • What you’ll need
      • Seed-starting containers – Peat pots work great. Come in individual or strips. You can plant the entire pot in the garden.
      • Seed-starting soil – Organic is best. Armstrong recommends Edna’s Best Potting Soil.
      • Seeds of your favorite veggies and flowers, of course.
      • A sunny window or sunny patio, porch or balcony.

    • Getting started

      • Fill pots with soil, level with top. (It will compact slightly when you water.)
      • Following the direction on the seed packet, make an indentation with your finger to the desired depth. 
    • Planting

      • Place two to three seeds in the hole.
      • Fill the hole with additional soil, and press down gently with your fingers 
    • Watering

      • Water thoroughly. (You may need to soak, two or three times, making sure water is draining out of pot bottoms.)
      • Keep the surface of the soil damp, (not soggy) but never let the pots stand in water.
      • Place in an area that gets at least 6 hours of sun daily and air movement 
    • Care

      • Seeds will germinate in a week to 10 days.
      • Once they sprout, reduce watering. Let the soil surface dry to the touch between watering.
      • For tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants, remove all but one plant after secondary leaves form. Gently pull out or just pinch off at the soil line extra plants.
      • For flowers, (except low, spreading ones like alyssum or lobelia) do the same. 
    • Transplanting

      • Easy! Plant into well-amended soil in full sun. The soil in the pot should be even with the soil in your garden.
      • Create a soil “well” to hold water. Don’t let your seedling dry out while they are establishing. 
    • Enjoy your home-grown harvests or bouquets.

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