Friday, March 14, 2014

Starting seeds

Its a little late, but not too late to start your cold season seeds.  This includes Peppers, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, and Eggplant for me.

OK! So In the above picture we have pepper seed a towel and a pen.  Make sure your ink does not dissolve in water!  Just write on a towel and test, it will be obvious.  Make sure to label if you got lots of varieties.  What I show here with peppers can be done with all the vegetables.

Get the towel wet, then add the dry seed.  Give them some space so they don't get roots all tangled up for transplant.
Roll it up like this

In a container, put about this much water

Add 1-3 drops of bleach to prevent your seed from being all moldy

Put your towels in with one or both ends touching the water to keep the seed moist
Cover with plastic to retain moisture and put in a warm place.  These are on my heating vent.
So that's it.  Ideally you want 80 F temps and all this stuff will sprout in a week.  At the store you will want to get those seed trays with the peat pot's.

So here's some sprouted seed

You can use trays, dirt in cups, peat pellets, empty cans, whatever.  It needs to drain excess water and hold some sort of soil material.  

A little seed progression in the peat pots
Another method I'm trying out for the first time is putting a bunch o seeds in a pot together to sprout.  (The local greenhouse does it this way)
Once sprouted you gently separate the seedlings
Put em in, and cover the roots

Away you go!
Get them under a grow light or in your greenhouse asap.  Keep the light low and close.  Use aluminum foil on both sides (only one side shown in this pic).  This will reflect any unused light back on the plants.  Time is 12 hours on.  Rusted garden link below show's light setup so just go off of that.

When those roots fill the peat pellet's I like to transfer into peat pots or make my own newspaper pots

You just roll it up, push it in, and tape somewhere.  The newspaper won't last long, so you may want to do this close to planting time.

This method is going to be a bit different than the rusted veggie guy's blog.   He does a great job though, and I like his setup.  So check it out.


  1. I'm trying to learn by following these written instructions. I'll keep letting you know how its going..

    1. Let me know if you get stuck or have any questions.