Seed Starting Success Tips

Starting seeds in your garden is an attractive and cheaper option to grow your favorite plants but to do this successfully you’ll need to learn some seed starting tips!

Starting seeds in your garden is an attractive and cheaper option to grow your favorite plants but to do this successfully you'll need to learn some seed starting tips!

Our Best Seed Starting Tips

For plenty of reasons, starting garden plants from seeds is an attractive option. It’s a lot cheaper per plant than buying even the smallest transplant. It offers the greatest number of varietal options. To perpetrate an heirloom variety, not only must the seed be saved, but it must be started the next season. Plus it’s the best way to know your garden intimately. There are probably more reasons, but that’s not what this post is about. This is about getting the most success out of seed starting efforts. Following these tips will help ensure a robust start to your garden project.

1. Use Fresh Seed

The seed itself can make a huge difference, and freshness is the first important component. Before purchasing seed, look on the back of the packet for the “packaged for 20xx” year. Although the seed may be a couple of years old, as long as the year stamped on the packet is current, you can be assured that the batch of seed in the packet passed the latest germination testing.

2. Pre-soak

Anything large enough to handle individually will benefit from an overnight soak before sowing. This pre-soak helps to break the seed’s dormancy and can reduce the germination time by several days. My process is simple: place the seeds in a bowl and cover with tepid water. The next day I strain the seeds out of the water with a fine colander and pour them out onto a towel or coffee filter to blot the excess water. At this point, the seeds are ready to sow in seed trays or directly into the garden.

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