Planting the first seeds of the season is always fun. This year my friends Dylan and Tyler helped my plant my first set of seedlings. We purchased some new potting soil from a home center. I selected a potting soil that did not have any synthetic fertilizer in it, to be consistent in my organic philosophy and practices. Then we washed the seed four-packs with soap and water to clean off any viruses, bacteria, and fungi that have hanging around since last year. After they dried we filled them with the new potting soil.
To make sure I followed my garden plan I put a quick checklist together. All three of us were working on seed packs so know what was done was important.
Tyler and Dylan picked what seeds they wanted to plant. They could pick from tomatoes, tomatillos, and peppers.
Dylan helped me with seedlings last year, but a lot of this was new for Tyler. So I gave Tyler the few instructions, and he was planting like a professional.
The past two or three years I have been starting my plants from seed. Each year I have had a plant or two that I mislabeled or lost the label. It would be weeks before I knew what it was. This year I cut up a yogurt cup to make labels. These labels fit under the seed greenhouse so I will know all my plants this year.
With everyone helping we completed the project quickly. The boys helped me make sure the checklist was completed and each pack was labeled correctly.
We built a tower to get the seed greenhouse as close to the fluorescent light as possible. The fluorescent light is on a timer and set to be on for at least 16 hours a day. If you are starting seeds under fluorescent light they need 16 hours. If you are able to start them under sunlight you do not need more that what nature gives you.
I set up a small heater under the seed greenhouse. Most of the seeds I started need 70-ish degrees to germinate well. After they establish their first leaves I will probably turn the heater off to save electricity.
We made two packs for the boys. They both selected tomatoes. Hopefully they both grow, Dylan’s was a bit jumbled on the trip home.
Have you started seeds? What have you started? What will be your first set of seedlings? Where do you start your seeds under lights or the sun?
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.