Now is the time to begin warm-weather vegetable seeds if you haven't yet. Fox Farm's Light Warrior Seed Starter soil (pic below) is what you want to use to start your seeds. It's what we use, those of us who begin seeds at home and we love it! It is designed to provide an environment that is beneficial to seed germination and strong, healthy root development. It also has earthworm castings- you only need this product to start seeds and do not have to amend many soils.
To start seeds, plant them in Light Warrior in biodegradable pots or individual plastic trays as shown below. If you use biodegradable pots, dampen the pots slightly before adding soil.
Add your seed starting soil and we recommend adding 3 seeds to each individual pot. As the seeds sprout and develop their true leaves, you can thin out two from each pot and keep the strongest looking plant. Also know that certain seeds such as peas, sunflower, and chard like to be soaked at least 24 hours ahead of time before they're planted.
Water thoroughly and place near a bright light source. Be sure not to overwater your baby seedlings! Too much water will damage or rot their delicate roots. Keep the soil somewhat moist but not soggy. Let the soil dry out slightly between waterings. It is common to use a spray bottle to mist the soil well to help ensure your seedlings don't get too much water.
Grow lights are very beneficial if you do not have a bright, sunny spot indoors. Amazon has some great lights to choose from. You can also place your seed trays up high in a room so they stay warmer, or you can buy a small heating mat.
It is best to maintain a consistent temperature of approx. 68-75 degrees while your seeds/ seedlings are indoors. Rotate your seedlings under the grow lights every few days, so they do not lean one way into the light. Many gardeners like to have their grow lights on for 16-18 hours a day, followed by 6-8 hours of darkness so the seedlings can rest.
To help your seeds germinate, you can use plastic wrap over them to help keep them humid/ nice and toasty. You can begin feeding your seeds once they've germinated. Feed your seedlings with liquid fertilizer. Ask us at the garden center for specifics on how often and how much to fertilize.
Once the threat of frost has passed ( around and not before mid/ end of April- many gardeners wait until mid-May), you can plant outside in a sunny spot & watch your garden grow! Ask us any questions about starting seeds at the garden center- we are here and ready to help you start your garden indoors in prep for spring planting!