Has the unpredictable spring weather got you down? Vegetable gardening can definitely be tricky when it’s beautiful and sunny one day and snowing the next. In situations like this, starting seeds inside is a great way to kick off your gardening. If you want to start seeds successfully, here are a few helpful tips:
- Make sure you are providing enough light to the seedlings. A sunny window is great, but you’ll probably need to supplement this natural light with light bulbs. This can be achieved easily by setting up some long shop lights on adjustable chains with fluorescent bulbs.
- Use a seed starting mix as a growing medium for your seeds. This mix is sterile and light and holds just the right amount of moisture for the growing seeds to flourish. You can find this mix at the store or make your own.
- Set your plant lights on timers. This way, you won’t have to worry about turning the lights on and off and your plants are sure to get the right amount of light each day.
- As the time for planting the young plants outside approaches, start exposing them to the outdoors a little bit at a time. Leaving the plants outside for a while each day will harden them off and prepare them better for growing outdoors.
Do you have any seed-starting tips or advice? Feel free to post helpful comments!