It’s spring time! It’s often cheaper to do seed starts indoors a month or two before planting season hits full swing. Even if you are not a gardener, this is a super easy spring project that the kids can join in on! They always enjoy planting and watching them grow.

What you need

Small bag of starting soil mix, seed starting trays or pots, small bowl, medium bowl, warm water, trash bag, old pen or pencil, and of course seeds! I like to use organic soil and biodegradable seed trays, but you don’t have to be picky. Unless you are planting a large variety or amount of seeds, it should cost around $10 or less for supplies. If you are wanting to go for a lesson in recycling as well, toilet roll holders make great seed start pots. Just cut them in half and place them in a row. Just remember you can’t move them once they have dirt, so place them on a tray.

Planting your seedlings

  1. Pour your seeds and warm water into a small bowl to let them soak. This primes your seeds for planting. It’s best for them to soak for an hour or more, but if you don’t want to wait you could let them soak while you do some of the next steps.
  2. If you are working indoors, lay out a trash bag to create a work area and make clean up easier later.
  3. In a medium size bowl, pour the amount of soil you need and slowly mix in warm water until it is moist. Starting soil is very dry and will settle quite a lot after you water it. The wet soil is much easier to work with for filling the pots and planting as well.
  4. Fill your potting tray with the wet dirt. 
  5. Use a pen or pencil to poke a hole into the soil in each pot. The hole only needs to be about a third of the way deep, but don’t worry if it’s deeper. 
  6. Using the seeds that have been soaking, place two or more seeds into each hole. The seed packet will usually recommend how many seeds to plant in each one based on the type of seed. Not all seeds sprout, so this will ensure each pot has something growing. You can thin out unwanted plants after they come up. Use tweezers for small seeds. 
  7. Use your finger to gently cover each hole over with soil.
  8. Place your tray in a sunny spot and water daily. You don’t want the soil to dry up, but you also don’t want to drown your plants. Just a small amount each day to keep the soil moist.

How long will it take to grow

Most seeds germinate with in two weeks, however every one is different. Look at your seed packet to see how long it takes. For plants like carrots that have a quick harvest, you can do seed starts every couple weeks. This will give you seedlings to plant outdoors continually, providing a harvest through out the season.