Whether its hot & sweaty or cold & miserable outside, before you write off growing plants from seeds a lost spring luxury, starting an indoor garden can be a great way to keep your home fresh all year long!
Tip #1: Seed Starting Potting Mixture
Using seeds to start your garden is a great way to grow what you want indoors in any season. The trick to successfully starting the seeds is to use a seed starter mix, which will contain the perfect nutrient concentration for your seeds. The easiest answer to this is using a soil pellet, just adding a bit of water, and you are good to go.
Tip #2: Water Your Soil, Not Your Seeds
Rather than watering your seeds after you plant them, a better approach is to water the soil before you plant the seeds. This will ensure that the water does not displace your seed to deeply into the soil.
Tip #3: Airflow & Sunlight
If not properly managed, you seed soil mix can act as a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, mold and other pathogens. These guys love growing in dark, moist areas, so be sure to not overwater your seeds and keep them in a location with good airflow and a bit of sunlight. Near a window is PERFECT!
Tip #4: Cover Your Seeds With Glad Wrap
Since seeds don’t respond well to a constantly changing environment, a great idea is to cover your planted seeds with glad wrap to help keep the moisture and humidity at more consistent levels. Check regularly, and it is even a good idea to remove the plastic covering for a little bit of time each day to allow for some air ventilation. As soon as the seeds germinate, you can remove the plastic cover completely.
Tip #5: Keep Them Warm
Making sure your seeds are warm is crucial for successful germination, so keeping them near a sunny window in a heated home, or even on top of the refrigerator will give them a bit more warmth.