Growing Your Plants From Seeds Is Fun

One of the most interesting parts of gardening is to watch a seed grow. It’s a magical experience! How apparently lifeless small beads are sown to the soil, sometimes carefully, and sometimes just casually! And then they spring to life in a few days. Small saplings come out of the seeds and dangle and sway their soft and delicate, fresh and new, green plant heads slowly, from side to side in light wind. They look fresh, new, beautiful, and close to Mother Nature.

Some of these saplings mature to become great plants, while others can’t make it to the finals. But that is again the beauty of growing seeds. You get to see how Darwin’s theory of “survival of the fittest” gets demonstrated live in action.

The Beauty Of Working With Seeds

It’s great to work with seeds because of several reasons which are:

  • They are inexpensive
  • Easy to handle, as they are light weight and need not be handled with the same care as saplings needs to be with their delicate roots
  • It’s easy to spread seeds on soil, whereas saplings needs to be sown one at a time in the soil which is quite a tedious job and time consuming too
  • A handful of seeds thrown gives back good returns, as some of them definitely flourishes
  • Even if you casually through seeds they may spring to life
  • You have to give very little time and effort for their maintenance
  • The only decision that you need to take is that you want to work with seeds this season, instead of investing your time in cuttings and grafting.

Making The Selection

After you have decided that you want to work with seeds, the next step is the selection of plants you want to grow. If you are planning a kitchen garden, then you will have to make a list of the vegetables that you want to grow. If you discuss it with your family, they may come up with ideas as per their choice of favorite veggies. You may also have a list on mind. Combining them, you will get down to one good list of selected vegetables.

If you are planning to grow flowers, then also you will have to make your selection of flowers. In that case, the seasonal flowers will have to be selected, and you may think of the colors that you would like to pick. You may mix and match the colors and types of flowers, or may also arrange the garden upon a theme. Then you will have to buy your required seeds.

After you bring the seed packets home, the first thing to do is to read the instruction over the packets thoroughly and understand the requirements. You will need containers for growing the seeds, and there are specialized seed germinating containers available for gardening. There are wide variety of choices available that include small plastic or pressed fiber pots, peat strips and pellets, germination cubes and many more.

You may even grow the seeds in conventional style by using egg cartons. Whatever you use, make sure it has proper drainage holes to drain away excess water, or the whole process may fail. If you plan to use the containers you used last season, then you will have to place the empty pots in sun for a few days, and make sure they are sterile and clean of germs.

If you plan to use your garden soil for seed germination, then you must know that this is not a very good idea. You should consider buying some healthy and sterile soil mixture for seed germination instead, which will ensure better germination.

Preparing The Bed For Seed Sowing

The first step in preparing the soil involves wetting the soil very well. You should pour the entire soil moisture in a big pot or sac, and add enough water to knead it so that the soil is well moist. Then, you should spread the soil mixture in the small pots or any container that you plan to use. Try to label the soil with a spatula before sowing the seeds.

One thing you must be prepared for is that, all the seeds you are sowing are not bound to germinate, and even if they do, not all will live after transplantation from the nursery. Therefore you should spread more seeds than your requirement of plants, almost double the quantity.

From Germination To Transfer At Plant Beds

Spreading the seeds on soil has to be done with this understanding that seeds will need room to grow; however, they should not be placed very thinly. If the seeds fall too much on one place then they should be evenly spread.

You must read what the packet instruction says. If they say that the seeds need sunlight, then the seeds should not be covered, and put on sunlight. If there are instructions to cover the seeds, then a mixture of the soil is spread on top of the seeds, and the seeds are also kept in shade, and sometimes covered in black sheet etc.

In a few days, you will see the saplings coming up. At this stage they will need regular watering, but care should be taken to protect them from direct sunlight, and they should be kept in shade. Once the plants have sprung to life, it’s time to transfer them from the nursery to garden soil or large containers.

While transferring utmost care has to be taken so that the root tips, and delicate roots do not get damaged, and a thin layer of moist soil stays attached to the saplings in transit. When you will plant the sapling on the soil bed or containers they will become steady in a few weeks. If you feel necessary, you may keep thin and strong sticks beside every plant, in case tendrils come out of them for support.

You will see your whole garden smiling and springing to life with fresh greenery as new plants will start to grow throughout.

Category: Gardening

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