Seed Starting Indoors

Transplants

Depending on what zone you live in there may be some vegetables that need to be transplanted to your garden. You will either need to buy started plants or start the seeds indoors at the right time for your zone.   2017 was the first year that I had plants that needed to be started indoors and later transplanted to my garden. I had no idea what would work so I went through the seed aisle at Meijer and bought a Jiffy Seed Starter Green House and Jiffy Natural Seed Starting Mix.  

It worked great; all the seeds sprouted successfully! Later I found out that the problem with the seed starting green house was the amount of space. The growing sprouts soon ran out of room and had to be moved to larger containers. From the greenhouse trays, the new plants were transplanted to large Styrofoam cups and other recycled containers. The cups held up well and were able to contain the plants until they were ready for their permanent places in my garden.

That seed starting experience gave me the idea to skip the greenhouse trays and go straight to the Styrofoam cups.  So, in 2018 I gathered all the supplies and began the seed starting experiment that I am sharing with you.

Seed Starting Indoors, seedling tray

Indoor Seed Starting Project

What is needed for your seed starting:

  • Styrofoam cups or other recycled containers
  • A Medium Clear Tote
  • Saran Wrap
  • Tape
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Small Screw Driver
  • Seed Starting Mix

Steps:

  1. Start by labeling all the cups/containers with the names of each vegetable.
  2. Poke a few holes in the bottom of each cup using the small screw driver (I made 5 holes). The holes are there so you don’t flood your cups with water.
  3. Fill each cup with seed starting mix
  4. Soak the mix with water and let the extra drain out
  5. Once all the extra water is gone plant each seed in correctly labeled cups.
  6. After each seed has been planted place all he cups into the clear tote.
  7. When all cups are placed into the tote take the Saran Wrap and cover the top to create the greenhouse effect.
  8. Tape the Saran Wrap to the tote so it doesn’t come off.
Seed Starting Indoors

Within a few days the seedlings appear!

My seeds were started at the beginning of April, the tote and Saran Wrap greenhouse worked just like the Jiffy Greenhouse trays. The seedlings sprouted within a few days of being planted and grew until it was time to transplant them outside. Another thing that I found useful about having the plants in a tote is that they are easy to move around to different places in the house. The ease of moving them will help when I must take them outside to harden the new plants to the elements.

This method of seeding starting is what I chose to use year after year to prevent the need to transplant the seedlings multiple times before they are finally able to be placed in the garden.

How do you start your seeds indoors? Please comment as I am always happy to hear other’s experiences and perspectives!

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