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 the 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.