Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Starting Seeds Indoors

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago.   The second best time is now.”

This is the best time to start all of your veggies and flowers indoors.  Using seeds, instead of buying seedlings (much more expensive), will help save you plenty of $$$$.  There are many websites that sell organic, non-gmo, heirloom seeds.  My favorite company is SeedsNow, followed by DollarSeeds  and GrowOrganic.   Check them out to see exactly what they have to offer.   While there is still snow or frost on the ground, you can be sprouting seeds inside.  An added benefit (at least for me) is that it keeps the chickens from digging everything up before it has a chance to take root.

Use a seed starting mix  Always use a high quality, organic seed starting mix.  Pre-moisten the mix or pellets in warm water before adding seeds.  If you like, you can add a bit of cinnamon as it can prevent fungus.

Provide plenty of light  Even if you have a bright, sunny window, you may need to augment the light with grow lights, too.  To start seeds right, a minimum of 12 hours of light is needed for the best growing environment.

Keep the soil well-watered  The best way to water your seeds is to use misting spray bottles so as not to over-saturate the soil.  Don’t drench the soil as ‘too-damp’ conditions can lead to the growth of mold and other fungus.    Let the soil dry out slightly in between watering.

Gradually introduce your seedlings to the great outdoors  Approximately two weeks before planting, you’ll need to expose your seedlings.  Each day, take the seedlings out, but under cover – a deck, underneath a tree, or some other shade.  Leave them outside for a few hours each day and bring them back inside before evening.  This will allow the seedlings to acclimate to sun, wind, rain, etc., while still protecting them from fluctuating temperatures.

Be sure to always plant extra seeds  Seeds do not, for many different reasons, germinate, spout or mature.  You don’t want to be waiting on seeds to sprout only to find that the seeds were “duds.”   You can also start new seeds every 4-6 weeks so that you can keep the garden producing all summer long.

Follow the package instructions   The information provided on each package is very important information.  There are different germination periods, different soil requirements, different water needs and, by following the specific instructions for each type of seed, you will have a better chance of growing most of the seeds you plant.  The instructions may also vary between seed companies, so read-read-read the instructions carefully for each seed you plant.

Happy Growing!!

To A Life Of Simplicity
Happy Homesteading!
~ Susan & Rick
Celtic Acres Farm

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About the Author:
Susan along with her husband, Rick, are the owners of Celtic Acres Farm, an organic, self-sufficient, off-grid farm where they raise chickens, ducks, goats and a pig, rescue dogs and cats, grow their own heirloom, non-gmo produce, create handmade crafts and home décor items, and strive to live a self-sustaining lifestyle while attempting to carve out that little piece of paradise where they can live free, breathe free and commune with nature.
Celtic Acres Farms is committed to healthy animals, a greener planet, recycling-reusing-repurposing, while maintaining our rural heritage and sharing it with others. We believe that we must all lead the way to a more sustainable future while never forgetting the things of the past. 

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