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« on: July 11, 2010 06:05:05 PM »

We're moving house in a week and it has room for a veggie garden. (YAY!) I've been looking up what you can plant when and such and learned that some plants you can't just put the seed in the ground and hope for the best. So, how do you start seeds? I know there's loads of information out there but because there's so much, it's a bit overwhelming. How do you, personally, start your seeds? What are your seed starting tips?

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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2010 05:07:05 AM »

Congratulations on your new garden adventure!  The answer to your question depends largely on what garden zone you live in.  We are in zone 7 here in the U.S. and this planting guide works well for us - http://www.wqseeds.com/planting.html   If you have trouble locating one in your area, ask a farmer at your Farmer's Market for a resource.  We start certain seeds in mid-January indoors (peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers) under lights and then move them into our greenhouse in March/April.  Without the greenhouse, we'd start them in mid-March.  This gives them a head start.  There are lots of vegetables that are not recommended to be started indoors because they don't transplant well.  The backs of seed packages will spell out when/how to plant so hit your garden center and start reading those that you are interested in growing.  Good luck! 

« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2010 12:11:31 PM »

We started ours in those mini green houses with those jiffy puff things. You can pick up in most stores for 5 or 10 bucks. We had really good luck with them, we just stuck them under a lamp because we had no sunny window space in the old place for them and they took off, much faster then expected lol. Like suggested before it also depends on what you're starting and how well they transplant. It is also pretty late in the year I guess to be starting from seeds (so I've been told), so you also might want to just look into getting starts from one of your local stores or farmers market if you have one. Good luck!!
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2010 02:28:20 PM »

my method's 'cause i live in an apartment AND i'm lazie... i use plastic bottles to make a self watering seed starting pot... follow the instructions for if the seeds need to soak overnight or be scored or anything.. pop them into their little plastic bottle pot and stick them under the shop lights in the kitchen...
i never need very many seeds because of mean space limitations and i want to be able to neglect them for a few days, or longer, if we need to travel or i just can't get to taking care of them....

depending on where you are it's too late for some crops but perfect time for cool weather crops to get started.. and if you make cold frames you can extend your growing season quite a bit in some cases Cheesy  i have to laugh, it sure is easy to suggest and plan out projects for other people when it's not you in the midst of the move and work of it all lol
plants set my heart aflutter tho :}
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2010 04:09:46 PM »

A great way to start seeds is in a little pot with some compost - if you're stuck for pots, try my mum's invention http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=350123.0 which is a free way of making pots!  Some seeds like courgettes should be started separately in pots then planted in bigger ones, whereas herbs can be sprinkled over soil in bigger pots and grown that way.

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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2010 09:17:32 PM »

I'm not sure I have very good advice but can offer some "what not to do" tips!

If you are starting from seeds:
 - start well before May!!
 - use the jiffy pots - most soil has bacteria and unless you sanitize it in your oven it will kill your seeds as soon as they sprout.  It's really depressing.
 - Some plants are just happier if they are started by professionals.  For me, I think next year I will go that route for the most part.
 - a soaker hose is a worthy investment

I hope your garden is much more successful than mine!  This was my second year and I started really late because last spring was insanely busy.  The first year was better but not great.  Start with some stuff that just grows like crazy such as lettuces, kale, chard, even spinach.  That is good for morale - when the beans and tomatoes see that they'll just have to step up!   


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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2010 12:18:49 PM »

sometimes i start mine in egg cartons or recycled plastic yogurt cups with soil or those peat pellets,, some seeds i start in ziploc baggie with the moist paper towel,, i have been setting them inside in my bedroom at the window, which has the best light in the house,,, but this year i plan to either get one of those tiered shelved portable greenhouse, with the zippered plastic cover, or i might recycle my grandpas little greenhouse,,he uses his other he made with old windows, i like that one but afraid one of the kids might fall on it,,, so this year i hope to start most if not all outside,,a couple of years ago i wasnt a seed person but now i hoard my seeds like a chipmunk, turns out to be pretty easy to grow from seed,,,and cheaper too!

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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2011 07:13:16 PM »

For my seeds I use this starting soil (http://www.gardensalive.com/product.asp?pn=1308). It works well for me. I suggest buying an organic soil that is intended for seed starting.

Keep them out of drafty windows, all of my windows are drafty so I have a series of heating pads set up under my seed trays to keep the soil warm. I use regular heating pads on the low setting but there are heat pads for seed starting.

Good luck on your adventure into gardening! and don't feel bad if your seeds don't make it Smiley
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2011 10:41:44 AM »

I use the clear plastic tubs you get with almost every bakery purchase at the grocery store.  I had (I have a ton that I keep reusing) people at work save them for me over the winter and then after a wash I fill them with seed starter and my seeds.  The locking lids give them a nice greenhouse and when they get bigger I just pop off the lid until it's time to move them outside.

This year I also tried one of the clear plastic egg cartons.  I'm not as keen on that one.  The seedlings get too big for it too fast, and I had to move a bunch already.  They're in water bottle greenhouses. 

Thanks to a steam bath from an exploded hot water pipe my seedlings are huge already (I would not recommend this!  Tongue).  I've started several tomato varieties, cucumbers, jalapenos, three types of lettuce, broccoli, and peppers this way.  My wax peppers are the only ones that have not started yet.
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