New to starting seeds? You might want to start by reading yesterday’s post, Seed Starting 101: Key Components For Healthy Seedlings.
Here’s how I start my seeds, step-by-step and in pictures. The eagle-eyed among you may notice that I show pictures of both 4″ pots and small muli-cell containers. The process is the same no matter what size pot you are using or, indeed, if you are not using any pots at all, but instead use repurposed yogurt containers, old cans or fancy soil blocks. The seedling-holding vessel doesn’t matter, I just had to work with the pictures I had.
Begin by assembling your tools. You will need clean seed starting pots. I like to hose my pots out and give them a quick dip in a bleach bath in late winter to prepare them for their upcoming season of use.
You will need adequately moistened planting mix. It is helpful to store your planting mix in a large plastic or rust-proof metal container.
You will also need seeds. Duh.
2. Loosely fill your pot with planting mix. I like to set my pot inside my large container of planting mix so when I inevitably slop planting mix everywhere, it just falls back into the container where it belongs. Give your full pot a couple sharp taps on the counter (or ground or whatever) to settle the soil in place.