Four Steps to Sprouting Your Own Garden Seeds

Sprouting seed is a great hands-on way of jump-starting your garden. Although the process is time-consuming, it is rewarding to create your own organic sprouts. If you follow these instructions, then you will have the perfect seedlings just in time for the next growing season

First, you must select your garden seeds: Every seed has different needs, so be certain that the seeds you have chosen to plant have been stored properly. Check the packet to verify the seeds don’t need to be scarified, soaked before you plant them.

Next, choose an appropriate container to sprout your garden seeds. You can either make a one yourself or buy a biodegradable pot. To make a container, use an old coffee container or cut off milk carton. If you go the homemade route, punch holes in the bottom or line the bottom with gravel, shredded paper, and a growing medium. If you decide to invest in a biodegradable pot, use peat pots or peat pellets, which compose the container and medium.

If you chose to purchase a biodegradable container, then you don’t need to mind the third step. However, there are two alternatives to buying a container. The first option is to make the medium from organic ingredients at home. To do this, you must gather materials from the garden, but do not collect soil. This way, the seedlings are getting nutrition from other plants in the garden. If you do use soil, which is not recommended, be sure to sterilize it, by baking the soil in a pan for 30 minutes. Secondly, if you want to create your own medium, but do not want to use materials from the garden, you may mix peat and sphagnum together, or use vermiculate or perlite. These materials can also be bought from the local garden center.

Once your medium has been created, fill the container with two to three inches of growing medium. This way, there is enough room for the roots to grow. Next, sprout the garden seeds. Keep in mind that all seeds are unique, so check the back of the packet for sprouting instructions. Some seeds require light during sprouting. If your seeds need light, either cover the seeds with a clear cover or do not cover them at all. If your seeds do not need light, you must maintain specific levels of moisture and humidity. Water your seedlings only when necessary.

Calculate the temperature of the sprouts’ environment frequently. You can most often determine the proper germination temperature from the packages that the seeds come in. It is vital that you do this task: fragile seedlings will not survive if you do not make sure that they are germinating in the proper warmth.