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gardening:seedlings [2015/09/14 16:09]
hannah [Gear for Seedlings]
gardening:seedlings [2015/09/14 16:13]
hannah [Soaking]
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 When you decide what you'll plant your seeds in, you'll want a larger container to put those smaller containers into. Large plastic ware works well here, as well as bake ware. If you're only doing a small amount of seeds (less than 4 dozen), you can purchase plastic trays that are already separated into each individual seed spot. I typically go for putting peat pots into large, shallow baking dishes. ​ When you decide what you'll plant your seeds in, you'll want a larger container to put those smaller containers into. Large plastic ware works well here, as well as bake ware. If you're only doing a small amount of seeds (less than 4 dozen), you can purchase plastic trays that are already separated into each individual seed spot. I typically go for putting peat pots into large, shallow baking dishes. ​
  
-Finally, you need a sunny spot to rest your seedlings. If you have the window space, this is ideal - if not, you may need to look into grow lights for your seedlings.+The last bit of gear you'll need is a spray bottle for watering. With seedlings, your goal is to only keep the soil moist - not soaked. A mister is a great tool for accomplishing this, and will typically be employed on a daily basis to get the job done.ย 
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 +Finally, you need a sunny spot to rest your seedlings. If you have the window space, this is ideal - if not, you may need to look into grow lights for your seedlings. In the early stages, before your seeds have opened and while your seedlings are still quite small, you'll also need some kind of plastic covering. Plastic lids or plastic wrap can both be used - you're looking to create a miniature greenhouse to trap heat and moisture in your container, ensuring that your seeds have all the help they can get in growing to their full potential.
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 +Whether you choose to direct sow or start your seeds indoors, soaking is one of the best things you can do to help them along the way. Soaking your seeds in a small amount of water (generally just enough to cover them) for 12 hours before planting helps to soften the outer shell and let the tiny embryo inside burst through. ​