Indoor to Outdoor Gardening: A Seed Starting Journey - Part 2
It's Time To Start Growing Seeds!
Spring is almost here, even if the weather decides that it still wants to snow. Following my research (refer to Part 1) on growing zones and grow calendar, it is time to start seeds indoors! I know, it’s exciting! If you live in warmer zone and are transplanting, congrats!
Seed Starting Systems
There is a seed starting system for every garden model. Buy it once and use it every year!
The process has been pretty easy! Plus, my Bounty Elite has a seed starting option in the quick plant menu. Set it and forget it.
Something NOT TO FORGET – label your seeds! Don’t play the guessing game. Make a grid and note what plants are in which rows. The seed starting guide also has a handy tray diagram that can be used for this. Brillant right!?
Tip – Soak Grow Sponges in water until evenly moist before seeding.
If you are dealing with large seeds, cut a slit (use scissors) in the side of the sponge to insert seeds more easily. For some more tips, check out the Seed Starting Guide.
Grow Light & Seed Tray
Another method to try, especially if you have a large gardening area to work with, is seed starting in a seed tray with a grow light. The 45 Watt Grow Light Panel fits perfectly over a standard seed starting tray. While shopping for supplies, I discovered that there are several different options to choose from regarding trays. You can’t go wrong with whatever version you buy. If going the DIY route with seed starting containers, pick up some Miracle-Gro® Seed Starting Potting Mix to get that plant babies growing fast! For more tips, check out the seed starting indoors article.
Reusing Your Seed Starting System?
Clean Tray before reusing:
Rinse Seed Starting Tray in water to remove debris. A small scrub brush or old toothbrush is helpful for this task. Here’s how sanitize your Seed Starting Tray:
- Fill a sink or 5 gallon bucket with water. • Add ¼ cup (.06 liter) chlorine bleach per 5 gallons (3.78 liters) of water.
- Chlorine bleach is recommended for sanitizing, but 5 cups of distilled white vinegar can be used instead.
- Submerge Tray in solution for 2 minutes.
- Rinse Tray under cold running water for about 2 minutes.
- Now ready for seeding in refill sponges.