Starting your own seedlings at home is a great way to ensure that your garden has healthy and vigorous plants for the growing season.
Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Choose the right container: Seedlings need a small and shallow container with good drainage. You can use seed trays, peat pots, or even egg cartons.
- Use a high-quality seed starting mix: Choose a mix that is light and airy to promote good drainage and root development. There are many good options available on the market, so be sure to do your research and choose one that fits your needs.
- Provide adequate light: Seedlings need plenty of light to grow. A sunny window may not be enough, so consider using a grow light if necessary.
- Maintain proper temperature and humidity: Seedlings prefer temperatures between 60-75°F and humidity levels around 50%. Using a humidity dome can help to maintain the ideal growing conditions.
- Water carefully: Overwatering can lead to damping-off and other issues. Water your seedlings when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch.
- Fertilize appropriately: Once your seedlings have developed their first set of true leaves, you can start fertilizing them with a diluted organic fertilizer.