When you have a short growing season like we do up here in the north you will have to plant some things ahead of time indoors. Look at the back of your seed packets to see how long the maturity time is. Most peppers and tomatoes run about 75-80 to be ready to pick. Well, we couldn’t wait that long here otherwise there would be no harvest! So we start them indoors to give them a running head start.
Here is what I got planted. 3 kinds of peppers and 5 kinds of tomatoes.
My empty seed trays. The inserts on the ones I have pop out so first I had to put them together. I ended up needing 4 of these.
Fill the seed trays with potting soil. Pretty much any kind should work. Watch for them to go on clearance at the end of the season and then stock up for the next year! I got these bags of potting soil for 75% off sometime in September of last year.
Poke your finger into each little seed spot. You don’t want to poke down too far, the seeds don’t need to be very deep. In fact they just need to be barely covered with dirt.
I have to plant my seed starts outside because I’m messy. Since our chickens are free range most of the day I had this one come up to me the whole time I was working and try to check out what I was doing. I felt like she needed her picture taken.
Drop 2 seeds in each pocket. There is always a chance that one might not come up so we do 2 in each to make sure. Then push a little dirt back on top the seeds.
I have 4 little trays inside each big tray. I planted the same thing in each little tray so it was easy to label. I just took the seed name and wrote it on masking tape and put it on the side of each little tray. Then, make sure you water them to get them started! Don’t dump water on top of the dirt! Lift up the inside seed pockets and pour the water underneath. It will soak up into the soil by the little holes that are in the bottom of each pocket. Place the seed trays in a warm area where they won’t be disturbed. Now we wait!
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