Next time you’re buying your vegetable seedlings at a garden supply store, take a look at the cost of the seeds. You’ll probably notice they cost more than the seeds.
Growing vegetables from seeds aren’t only cheaper, it’s also more rewarding. You can see your work start from scratch. While it may seem like a lot of extra work, it's fairly simple and easy once you know how to do it.
Unlike seedlings, not all seeds are going to give you a plant. When you go to buy or order your seeds, be sure to get some extra. You’re going to have seeds that don’t germinate. So get more than you need. This ensures you’ll have all the right number of plants.
The next thing you need to consider is whether your seed should be grown in the garden. Or grown indoors like they do at the nursery. Some plants don’t do well when moved, while others are better planted separately to avoid the elements. In most cases, you can figure this out by looking at the directions on the seed packet.
To germinate plants indoors, there are several steps you should take to ensure they grow. First, most plants should be planted in separate spaces in seedling trays. This ensures their roots won’t have to compete. Some people prefer to plant two in each container and pull the one that isn’t growing as well.
If you're growing plants in trays. Fill the tray with compost until the surface is flat. Several small seeds, not too densely packed, should be gently sprinkled onto the surface of the compost. Cover the seeds with sifted compost or vermiculite to the proper depth. You'll find the depth you need to cover on the back of the seed packet. This is important because too much fertilizer will make your plant's life difficult. Then water it to keep the seeds moist.
Remember to place the tray where there is adequate light. Either through windows or a greenhouse lamp. Once they’ve started to grow, you can transplant them to your garden.
When planting in the garden, you should take special care to help them germinate. First, be sure not to plant them too deep; no deeper than three times the length of the seed. Second, be careful not to have your plants eaten by critters in your yard.
If you can’t block off your garden, feed the birds and other animals so they’re less likely to dig for seed. Lastly, be sure to properly prepare the soil before planting, and don’t plant too early when the soil is still cold.
Vegetables are a staple in most diets. They are an excellent source of essential nutrients. Skip the shopping isles. In times like these, you can begin to grow vegetables from Mother Earth right in your own backyard!
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