Sowing your seeds indoors for the winter is the ideal first-time starter gardening experience. Starting your seedlings indoors is an easy, worthwhile, and affordable way to develop and nurture your seedlings from the ground up in the colder months before the threat of freezing takes hold. When starting seedlings indoors, it’s best to take steps to prepare the indoor environment as sterile and as conducive as possible for growing your seeds. Start by cleaning out and completely drying out your indoor garden space, which can be done simply with a dehumidifier or a few fans. For your seeds, you’ll want to move any accumulated moist matter to the outdoors during this process.
The next step for starting seeds indoors is to light the space and get everything in as clean of a state as possible. This means ensuring that all exposed surfaces are completely clean of dust and debris. You might also want to purchase some low-wattage bulbs so that you don’t burden the plants too much electricity when growing indoors. Lighting should be kept to a bare minimum, though, because it does speed up germination.
For indoor growing plants, one of the most popular options is the indoor grow light system. There are many different kinds of indoor lighting systems, but the most popular among serious gardeners are the LED grow lights. Indoor gardening has come along way over the past twenty years, with indoor gardening becoming not only more effective but much easier than it was in the past. This is why a lot of people have started seeds indoors.
If you’re starting seeds indoors, you’ll also want to consider a number of other factors such as seed set up and drainage holes or compartments. Seed pots come in a wide variety of sizes, so you’ll need to consider your space, budget and the type of container you would prefer to use. Your choices include small square or rectangular shaped containers, small clear plastic jars, heavy clay pots or large terra cotta or cast-iron pots with drainage holes or compartments.
The seeds you’re starting in your indoor garden can be in loose or tightly packed soil. Starting plants outdoors is often recommended for small transplants and seedlings, since you can spread them across the lawn or open field if needed. For larger plants, the outdoor method of gardening is preferred. However, many experts now agree that growing plants in either method is better than growing them indoors.
If you’re starting seeds indoors, it is still important to pay close attention to the type of plant you choose to start. Some types of bulbs and vegetables require more frequent watering. Others like ferns or daffodils don’t really require much attention. But all of them require good, healthy soil and plenty of sunshine during the growing season in order to thrive.
After planting, make sure to water your seeds thoroughly and remove any leaves on the bottom of the containers. Continue to do this until the plant begins to harden. Then you can begin harvesting the crops from the containers. Harvesting the plants will depend on the amount of hardening that has occurred. Once the seedlings are hardened, you can then place them into individual pots for transplant to the garden.
When your seedlings have hardened and are ready to be sown, they can be placed directly into small plastic pots. Cover the container with a thin layer of dirt, such as perlite. Water the plant well before putting it into the potting mix so it can become established. Make sure the soil is moist but not saturated. It’s also a good idea to put a few pebbles in the bottom of the container to break up the soil.