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Seed starting is such a joyful and empowering experience for any plant parent. The reward of successfully taking a dormant seed, germinating it and nurturing it into the full plant that it’s destined to become encourages more mindfulness and joy in the garden. However, it can also be intimidating and stressful for many. In this episode, Joe Lamp’l of Joe Gardener discusses some common seed-starting challenges and how to overcome them, as well as some tips for starting your own seeds.
Growing Joy: The Plant Lover’s Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung
Seed starting is a great way to take control of your gardening and get a head start on the growing season. Joe shares different tips on overcoming the common challenges that any gardener can face when seed starting:
Creating a solid plan before you start your seeds is the fastest way to a low stress and successful gardening season! For even more in-depth seed starting tips, you can enroll in Joe’s Seed Starting Course.
When it comes to seed starting, there are a few things that are considered negotiable and a few that are non-negotiable. Here are a few things to prepare for with seed starting:
Reading a seed packet can seem overwhelming at first, however, with a little knowledge and understanding, it can be easy to navigate and choose the right seeds for your garden.
Seed Depth: This refers to how deep you should plant the seed in the soil. Different seeds have different depth requirements. For example, tomatoes should be planted at a depth of 1/4 inch, while peas should be planted at a depth of 1 to 1 1/2 inches.
Temperature: This refers to the temperature range that is most favorable for the seed to germinate. It is usually between 45-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind that different seeds have different preferred temperature ranges, so it’s important to check the seed packet for specific information.
Seed starting with the right mindset and tools can be a fun and rewarding experience. By understanding the challenges, you can be a better, smarter, and more confident gardener.
If you’re direct-sowing or starting seeds indoors, a little knowledge now will really pay off later.
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