I stopped using peat moss discs for seed starting many years ago when I learned that the peat bogs were being decimated by this practice. Instead, I save my eggshells throughout the year and fill them with my own homemade compost. Here's how:
Tip: Some seeds may require bottom heat which can be accomplished with placing the carton on top of your refrigerator, water heater, or a heat mat. You can also make a little greenhouse out of a bakery plastic container, so you will not have to water very much.
By littlegamma from Southern, AL
I have used egg shells for seed starters and got stunted growth. The shells were just too tough, even when crushed, for the roots to expand through.
I think this is a wonderful idea. Make sure you really crush the bottom of the shell before planting. The roots should grow out the bottom. I can't wait until it's time to start my seedlings.
Thanks for the great idea.
I never knew the bogs were being destroyed. Never again will I buy peat moss discs. Will use the egg shell hint. Thanks.
To sow all those fly away seeds, simply lay paper towels in your flower beds, wet, and then put seeds directly on the towel. Cover with soil and water as needed. Presto! You will have flowers popping up in no time and the paper will simply rot in the ground!
This is a guide about pre-treating seeds to speed germination. Some seeds need special treatment before they will germinate.
This is a guide about tools to make planting and sowing easier. Having the right tools for the job is always a good idea. This is no less true of gardening.
Should I put a layer of dirt between the seed and the fertilizer or can I put the seed right on top of the fertilizer?
By Bruce R.
Depends on the type of seed, soil and moisture conditions, temperature, soil condition, etc. If you have the seed packet, follow the instructions on the packet.
Most seeds have their own energy supply and should not be fertilized, particularly if planted in well amended soil. You can start with a small amount of fertilizer, scratched lightly into the soil around the plants after they have developed two true leaves. If you are in doubt about a particular type seed, check with your local county extension agent. The advice is free and the Ag Agents love to help.
I always soak my pea and bean seeds 24 hours before planting. I cover them with water in containers and set them on the kitchen counter. They spring up so quickly when planted in this way.
It is "sow" (pardon the pun) hard to sow small seeds into seed planters trying to get a head start on outdoor plants. But I had wooden toothpicks separating the seeds and I just wet the toothpick and a single seed would stick to it and I could then put it where I wanted it. I was working with basil seeds at the time, don't know if different seeds make any difference or not.
By George from Roanoke, VA
Excellent idea & perfect timing as springtime is coming! Thanks. I'm saving this tip.
Great idea, and I hope you would leave the pick in place so that the tiny seedling can gain a little support? Also, I think it would be a good idea to soak the toothpicks in seed starter fertilizer such as
liquid Sea Kelp (weak solution) for additional boost in growth as seedlings come along side of the pick which should in time decompose naturally in the wet soil. The pick also will help in transplanting those seedlings that will transplant. I'm going to try this perhaps today on some new seeds, since
I'm sifting soil for new seeds this afternoon, I hope! It's really windy, so I might wait until next week, but it's an idea I really like and will try. Thanks. God bless you. : )
This is a guide about starting seeds indoors. Often it is recommended that certain seeds be started indoors in order to get a jump start on the growing season.
This is a guide about direct sowing seeds. Many flowers and vegetables grow quite well by sowing the seeds directly in the ground in your garden.
This is a guide about winter sowing seeds. Invite nature into your gardening experience by giving winter sowing a try.
When starting flowers from seed, I mark each hydrated pod with a push pin to identify which pods contain a particular flower. For example, yellow for marigolds, red for zinnias, blue for petunias, etc.