Now that the little sprouts have come out to say hello, the best way to care for them is pretty simple:
- Make sure the temperature is moderate, not too hot and not too cold
- Use good soil. Fresh potting soil is what I always use.
- Do not overwater. The pots should never sit in standing water, and you should not water until the the soil actually starts to dry out.
- Rotate the tray every day. This helps all the plants get even light
- Make sure to thin the plants appropriately. If they are overcrowded, it makes it more difficult for them to grow. When thinning do not pull out the plants. This may disturb or destroy the roots of other plants that are close. It is better to take small scissors and to snip the plants off at ground level to thin them out.
- Seedlings need about 16 hours of light a day, so it's better to have a light over your trays. I don't use a grow light, I just use a swing arm desk lamp with a florescent tube light I turn it on for an additional few hours after the sun goes down.
I am pretty thrilled with the performance of my starter seeds so far. Next weekend I will be planting a tray of squash and cucumbers. I am excited because this year I know for a fact that all my plants are non GMO because my seeds are certified organic and non GMO.
I got them from the Seeds of the Month Club from Mike the Gardner. In addition to being delivered to my door, they seeds are less than $.65 per envelope. Stack that up to what you pay in the store for seeds that may or may not be GMO. If you are interested in the Club, you can get the information here:
Got today's e mail and after 4 substitutions this is what I decided on:
Have a Great Weekend!