Are you intimidated by the thought of growing your own potted vegetable seeds indoors? Does it sound daunting and hard to do? Well, in this blog post we are going to discuss how really easy it is if you follow a few basic steps.
Let's start with what you don't need. You don't need expensive equipment. It doesn't take a lot of work. You don't need to be a green thumb gardener. Any beginner can do this. And, you don't need a ton of space. Like we have stated it's basically easy to do and very rewarding. You aren't limited to the seed selection at your local nursery. You can go on line and find heirloom seeds that cost much less. There are hundreds of great tasting varieties.
Now think of the money you will save by growing your own veggies in planter pots at home. You will know they aren't sprayed with pesticides, are potted in clean potting soil and haven't been shipped across the States. There is nothing better than reaping the rewards of growing your own veggie potted plants.
Step 1 - Light: The light that is needed to grow veggies indoors can't be from sunny windows. The seeds will turn into plants but they will be spindly and weak since the source of light is so far away. You need inexpensive fluorescent light with cool white bulbs. These work beautifully and with great success.
Step 2 - Good Seeds: If you aren't a seed saver then purchase fresh seeds from a online source with a good reputation. Try to find unique heirloom varieties of tomato, cucumbers, peppers and beans.... You will be amazed at the variety of flavors, colors and shapes that come out of the same type of veggies. We recommend purchasing seeds annually.
Step 3 - The most important step is to keep the soil slightly damp. If it's to wet the seeds will rot or drown. Once the seeds germinate the water needs will increase. Touch soil with finger each day. Gently water if dry to keep it moist. Remember damp not soggy. You can use cell packets or better yet small terracotta pots. Try to keep the pots small like 3" or so. You will transplant the plants into larger pots later.
Step 4 - Prepare the plants to the outdoors in stages. Since they have spent all their time inside your home with great conditions you don't want to just take them outside and put them in a garden planter. Start by taking them outside on a few warmer days. Continue to give them more and more exposure unless the temp drops below freezing. Your goal is a week or so before planting, they can be outside around the clock.
So now is the time to be thinking about starting your own veggie seeds. That way come early Spring you will have tasty potted vegetables that you grew your own.