Sowing Seeds Tips and Tricks

Growing plants from seed is relatively easy, but there are some tips that can make this method easier and more successful. This is a guide containing sowing seeds tips and tricks.
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July 11, 2011 Flag
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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:

  1. Take a sharp knife and quickly and carefully wack off the top most narrow part of the shell. Rinse and place back in an empty egg carton. Put the shell top in the compost.
  2. Poke a hole in the bottom with a pen and place a tiny piece of wet paper over the hole so the compost will not leak out.
  3. Fill with compost or potting soil tapping gently but not firmly to settle. Gently water all the filled shells and plant as per seed pack directions.
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  5. Place under grow lights or a bright, south facing window till they germinate. If using the window idea, turn daily.
  6. Plant in pot or garden when they have at least their first set of true leaves. Crush the egg shell gently to help the roots spread out into the soil.

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

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July 11, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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July 11, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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July 12, 20110 found this helpful

I never knew the bogs were being destroyed. Never again will I buy peat moss discs. Will use the egg shell hint. Thanks.

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March 26, 2008 Flag

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!

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February 26, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about pre-treating seeds to speed germination. Some seeds need special treatment before they will germinate.

A photo of seedlings in a germinating tray with garden tools.

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February 26, 2016 Flag
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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.

Tools to Make Planting and Sowing Easier

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March 11, 2015 Flag
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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.

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March 12, 20150 found this helpful

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.

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March 12, 20150 found this helpful

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.

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May 6, 2011 Flag
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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.

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February 20, 2007 Flag

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.

Happy gardening!

By George from Roanoke, VA

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February 21, 20070 found this helpful

Excellent idea & perfect timing as springtime is coming! Thanks. I'm saving this tip.

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February 24, 20070 found this helpful

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. : )

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April 6, 2012 Flag
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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.

Seed Starts by Window

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February 24, 2012 Flag
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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.

Sowing seeds directly.

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February 24, 2012 Flag
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This is a guide about winter sowing seeds. Invite nature into your gardening experience by giving winter sowing a try.

Winter sowing.

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March 29, 2011 Flag
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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.

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