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Indoor Planting To Give Your Seeds A Head Start

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 150

When thinking about how best to plant seeds in your garden you should consider if planting them indoors first for initial cultivation would be beneficial. This could be because the seed requires it or weather considerations such as cold temperatures. Under the right circumstances indoor planting before transplanting the young plant outside can be beneficial.

For indoor planting, and if you have the space to make it possible, planting in a suitably sized seed tray near to a window for a source of natural light is perhaps best. Undertake the initial planting taking in to consideration the nature of what you are growing and how long it will be before the plants can be transplanted in to your outdoor garden.

Seed trays and other suitable indoor plant pots can be picked up quite cheaply at any garden centre. Or if you prefer you can make your own using for example an empty milk carton cut in half. Be sure to wash it out well first.

Place some nice top soil in to your indoor planters. This could be from your outdoor garden if the soil is suitable or you could purchase some potting soil mix from the garden centre to help give your seeds a good start. Then place the seeds on to the soil nicely spaced as per any planting instructions given with the seeds.

If you are using small planters such as a small plant pot then remember you will have space considerations to take in to account. Do not place more than two or three seeds in to a small container otherwise they may not have sufficient room to germinate and grow properly.

The next step is to gently water the seeds. A suggestion is to use a fine mist spray and gently apply a few squeezes to moisten the soil but not to flood it. Then place a covering over the planters such as a plastic sheet or pane of glass and wait for things to start to take their course. Take a look at your planters to make sure things look good and spray with water again if things look to be in danger of drying out.

As the germination process gets underway and shoots start to appear above the soil and develop you may, depending on what you are growing, need to transfer the plants in to individual pots as necessary to prepare them for transferring to your outdoor garden.

Then when the time comes for your young plants to graduate to the outdoor garden be sure to conduct this step carefully so your plants can continue to grow. Prepare spaces or holes outside ready for the plants to be placed in to. Carefully remove the plants from the indoor planter being especially careful not to damage the roots.

Gently place the plant in to the hole you have prepared, cover the roots with soil to fill in the hole and gently pack it down before watering to complete the outdoor transfer.

And there you go. You have given your plants a start in life by doing the initial cultivation indoors, cared for them there then moved them to your outdoor garden to continue their development to maturity.

I hope you found this article of interest. You might also consider including a garden wormery in your garden planning. It is quick, easy, cheap and can save you money. Start to produce your very own natural compost using the power of the simple garden worm. Please download this free ebook on the subject for more information.

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