I’m so happy the warm weather is finally here! I’ve been gardening like crazy, and am excited for this post. This is my first blog post related to gardening, so I hope you like it! Starting seeds indoors is incredibly easy and can be done in so many ways.
In this blog post, I am going to show you how I start seeds indoors before transitioning them to the garden outdoors. In just this season, I have been able to grow squash, spinach, kale, broccoli, sunflowers, carrots, basil, and corn using this method. Hopefully they will be filling my garden here soon!
All you need are the seeds for whatever you’d like to plant, a paper towel, a small cup, and water. First step to starting your seeds is to get your paper towel wet and lay it out flat. Then, place your seeds on the paper towel.
Next, fold up the wet paper towel with the seeds inside. To avoid seeds growing too close to each other or getting their roots tangled, you can move them over so they have enough space to grow.
Make sure you fold the paper towel small enough so that it will fit into the cup. I like to press down on the paper with my hand once it’s folded so that the seeds become pressed into the paper towel. Now, place the paper towel inside of the cup along the inside edges.
As the seeds are growing, make sure you keep the paper towel damp by adding water to the cup every so often. With this summer heat I have been adding water to the cups about once or twice a day. By having water in the bottom of the cup, the paper towel will be constantly soaking up water for the seeds.
Once leaves have emerged from the seeds, you will be able to see green inside of the paper towel. As long as a root has emerged, you can plant the seed, but I like to wait until I see leaves come out. Below are some carrot seedlings that are ready to be planted.
Here are some of the seedlings once I planted them outdoors. The ones shown below are kale, sunflowers, and spinach. Where I live is very hot and dry, so I have these seedlings in a shady spot before I move them into the sunny garden, hence the small containers.
I hope this post was helpful if your looking for tips on starting plants indoors for your garden. It’s super easy and always a fulfilling process to see your little plants grow. Growing plants is also a great way to get outside and enjoy nature! Happy gardening!