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What you need:
  • Seeds
  • Jiffy pots or seed tray
  • Seedling potting mix
  • Plastic labels
  • Permanent marker
  • Pane of glass or a propagator
  • Spray bottle
There are several options for starting seeds indoors. You can start seeds in a community tray, packs, or Jiffy pots. Start seeds directly into packs or Jiffy pots to eliminate the work and plant stress of transplanting from trays. This way your seedlings go from the germination container straight to the garden.
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Fill the packs or Jiffy pots up to about 1/2" from the rim with moist seedling mix.
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Open the packet and pour some seeds in your hand. Drop a few seeds into each cell.
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Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. A soil sieve works great for this. The back of the seed packet will have information on the proper planting depth.
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Water the seeds, either by misting them with a spray bottle or by placing the pack in a tray with a little water in it. Be sure to label each type of seed.
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Cover the pack with plastic, a pane of glass, or place it in a propagator. Place the pack or propagator where it will receive bottom heat, like on a heating mat or on top of a refrigerator. Try to keep the soil temperature around 70 degrees F. At this stage it is not necessary for the seeds to be exposed to light.
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After 7-10 days, most seeds will start sprouting. Remove all but one seedling from each cell. Pinch the tops off the undesirable seedlings with a small pair of scissors. Do not pull them out as it may damage the delicate roots of the seedling you intend to keep. Place the pack in a sunny window sill or under fluorescent lights until the seedlings are ready to be planted outside.