Properly starting your seeds is a very important yet easy part of gardening; below are a few options you can experiment with. Other ways surely exist but this will give you an idea.
Option 1: Paper Towel Method
- Plastic Bag
- Paper Towels
- First you’ll want to wet your paper towel and fold it in half.
- Next you place your seeds around the paper towel.
- Fold the paper towel in half again.
- Place the paper towel into the plastic bag and close it.
- Check back every few days until they germinate.
- Plant into your soil medium.
Option 2: Mini Green House
This and the paper towel method are my two favorite methods. I use them constantly and they provide me the best success.
- Mini Green House
- Pellets/Starting Soil
- Start by watering the planting medium. If the medium are the pellets soak them in the green house until they expand fully then remove excess water.
- Plant seeds into medium.
- Cover with greenhouse lid.
- Place in a warm place with light (light isn’t necessary until sprouting).
- Once the plants sprout and get close to the top of the lid remove it.
- Once the plants get to the size you desire move them into their final destination.
Option 3: Directly in soil
This is my least favorite method, although helpful for large gardens. I used this method this season (spring 2019) for my larger garden, I’ll have an update on the success in the future.
- Create a hole for seed around 1-2 inches.
- Place seed into the hole.
- Water the soil.
This method doesn’t allow for you to see success/failure ratings as good as the other methods and give you less control, which is why I don’t personally like it.
Overall, I recommend using option 1 or option 2 for any garden where it isn’t a hassle to do so. Although option 3 uses the least items, I feel as if it isn’t the superior method, especially for small gardens. Feel free to experiment on your own and let me know your results.