Next time you’re buying your vegetable seedlings at a garden supply store, take a look at the cost of seeds. You’ll probably notice they’re a lot cheaper than your seedlings Not only is growing vegetables from seeds cheaper, it’s also more rewarding.
You can see your work start from scratch. While it may seem like a lot of extra work, once you know how to do it, it’s fairly simple and easy.
Unlike seedlings, not all seeds are going to give you a plant. When you go to buy or order you seeds, be sure to get some extra. You’re probably going to have seeds that don’t germinate, so it’s good to be prepared with more. This ensures you’ll have all the plants you need.
The next thing you need to consider is whether your seed should be grown directly in the garden, of grown inside like they do at the nursery. Some plants don’t do well when moved, while others need to be planted separately to avoid the elements. In most cases, you can figure this out just by looking at directions on the seed packet or by asking a clerk.
When planting directly to 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, take care 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 they soil is still cold.
If your plants need to be germinated indoors, there are several steps you should take to insure they grow. First, most plants should be planted in separate spaces in seedling trays.
This insures their roots don’t have to compete. Some people prefer to plant two in each container and pull the one that isn’t growing as well. You should also remember to provide adequate light; either through windows or a greenhouse lamp.
Once they’ve started to grow, you can then transplant them to your garden. By this time, your ground should be warmer and your plants should flourish.
With a little time and effort, you’ll soon be eating your very own fresh veggies. Enjoy!