How To Start Seeds – Landscaping & Lawn Care

You’re itching to get into your garden, but the weather isn’t cooperating yet. How about starting some seeds so they’re ready to plant once the weather warms up? It’s easy. Get some containers and scrub them out – old egg cartons and yogurt cups work well. Fill about 2/3 full with potting soil that you have loosened and slightly dampened and tap the container lightly on your counter so the dirt settles. Plant your seeds according to the directions on the package, using 3 seeds per container since some won’t germinate. Once you have sown the seeds, cover with a layer of potting soil, adjusting the depth according to the directions on the package, and tap the containers on the counter again. Sprinkle water over the seeds. Cover them with plastic or insert the containers in a plastic bag, but leave it open for air circulation. This will produce a greenhouse effect, encouraging the seeds to germinate. Keep them in a warm location and the soil moist until you see the first two little ‘leaves’ called cotyledons emerge, then remove the plastic and put the seedlings in indirect sunlight for 12-18 hours a day, again, keeping the soil moist. Once the true leaves sprout, fertilize your plants. When the weather warms up you’re ready to move them outside. Leave the seedlings in their pots initially and put them outside in a shady area for short periods of time until they get used to their new environment. When you’re sure they’re growing strong, you can plant your seedlings in the ground and water and fertilize them well. You’ll be well started to a beautiful garden!

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Yusliana Says,

seeds can take several weeks to geinrmate. I always get impatient and just buy some seedlings from a local nursery.Remember, cucumbers are a vine. They need something like a fence to climb on. They climb up maybe a few feet and then go horizontally. They need alot of room to grow. My vines last year were probably 15 feet long.One more thing. The bunnies love to eat cucumber seedlings. You might have to protect them once they come up.References :

on August 20, 2012 at 07:41 AM

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