How To Start Seeds
Seeds need basic things to germinate: a container of some kind, water, temperature, and light. However, there are seeds who are more particular about their situation. For now we will start with the basics of everyone's favorite savory garden fruit, the Heirloom Tomato.
Why start with seeds?
You have a lot of options if you start with seed. Box stores usually carry varieties
of tomatoes and peppers that are hybrids, you can't save the seeds and you
can only choose from a few basic, non-historical varieties. When you start with
seed you can read about unique flavors, sizes, textures, stories, cooking
techniques, and colors that are surprisingly fun to plan for. You may even decide
to save the seeds and share with friends. We will be carrying open-pollinated
varieties for 2019. Meaning you can save the seeds yourself.
Clean Seedling tray with drainage and covering
Heat Mat meant for seedling
Proper lighting (not incandescent)
Once you have chosen varieties to try, you will need to have a new or clean
seedling tray filled with organic seed starting mix. Rinse a tray with organic
vinegar then with water to prohibit mold, which may keep germination from
happening. When all of the vinegar and mold is wiped out, you can then sow
1-3 seeds per section , 6-8 weeks before the last frost, 1/4 inch deep. If you
are keeping the seedlings, separate them after they have their first true leaves,
Into larger containers. or into your garden bed if the frost is over.
If you are using lights follow their instructions; If you are using a window for
lighting make sure they get 16 hours of direct light a day then darkness for rest.
The fun of growing food for yourself has already started.
Enjoy your garden!