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Seed starting can be so intimidating. Knowing where to start is scary enough, but then some seeds don’t germinate and frustration takes over. Then we get overwhelmed with all the things that need to be done to care for them I understand. There are times it still feels like a lot to me.
Starting seeds is something I look forward to every year! There’s something magical about watching the new life happen.
Ready for some magic? It’s easier than you think. Grab your magic wand and get ready!
- Start Small. I know that we want to plant. ALL. THE. PLANTS. Trust me starting small with a couple of varieties will pay off. Get comfortable with those then add more ’til your planting everything.
- Soil Quality is huge. Be sure to use a good quality seed starting soil or make your own. Those seeds need some nutrients to get off to a great start.
- Lighting is key. Get lights on them as soon as they sprout. Keep the light close, I’m talking like almost touching. This helps to avoid weak and leggy plants.
- Start with wet soil. Not like ring water out of it wet. The seeds seem to germinate better.
- Harden them off slowly. Start with short bursts of time outside. Give the plants a windbreak. It never fails I forget the windbreak and 40 mph gusts start within 5 mins of me coming back inside.
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