Starting seeds indoors for the spring and summer vegetable garden
by Skylar K. (Burke) Diehl ’12
Skylar and Evan Diehl practice homesteading on a 3-acre farm near Howard, where they produce most of their own food. Skylar earned a degree in culinary arts & systems in 2012. Evan is a 2011 grad in heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis. Photos courtesy of Georgianna Sutherland/State College Magazine
Why to start seeds indoors
- A head start to the growing season.
- Vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers have a very long growing season, and most regions would not have a long enough growing season to start the seeds outdoors.
- The seed varieties you can start from home can be varieties you
wouldn’t usually find at your local greenhouse/garden center.
How to sow the seeds
- Fill container to the top with soil and press firmly.
- Cluster-plant smaller seeds, like lettuce and onions, to be thinned later.
- Cover the seeds with soil following the seed planting depth on the back of the packet.
- Always label your seed containers.
- Water with a gentle spout to not disturb the seeds. Allow the water to soak into the soil, and water again so the seeds have good, moist soil to allow the seed to come alive.
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