How to Start Seeds for a Vegetable Garden

How to Start Seeds for a Vegetable Garden

I just wanted to share with you the method I use for planting seeds for my vegetable garden.

I like to buy my seeds from the following online shops:

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds: http://www.rareseeds.com
Seed Savers Exchange: http://www.seedsavers.org
Seeds of Change: http://www.seedsofchange.com

I like to start off in 72-cell trays because we plant a lot of veggies in our large garden plot. I start off with some store-bought seed starting/germinating mix. Fill my trays or small pots. I lightly tamp down each cell and then make a small hole in the center of each cell with the back of a chopstick making sure to only go about 1/4″ -1/2″ deep. I place 1-2 seeds in each hole and lightly cover with soil again and tamp down lightly to ensure good soil to seed contact. Then water the seeds in and place in an empty and cool oven that is completely turned off. I leave it in there for a few days checking them daily to ensure they are staying moist to aid with the germination. When the seedlings start to creep out of the top of the soil I will move the trays outdoors to give them some natural sunlight. I place my trays in a little homemade hoop house to protect them from the rain but so they still get the sunlight during the day. I bring them indoors every night to make sure no animals munch on them and put them back out first thing in the morning.

I hope you’ll consider planting some seeds this season whether it be in the ground or in pots. Growing your own delicious, nutritious and organic food is fun and healthy!

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19 Comments

  1. I'm starting an organic vegetable garden from scratch! Never planted before… So if you have any tips or recommend any vids to watch that'd be great :)

  2. Hey Vanessa! This video was a great help with pointers on starting seeds! Thank you! Any advice on how to tell when a plant is ready to be transplanted to a larger pot, or its "final" pot?

  3. Thanks for sharing and I am going to use some of your tips. We just planted cucumbers, corn, watermelon, tomatoes, broccoli, and peppers. We started them in the house with soft plant pots, that tell you if you plants are dried or wet enough, then we are going to transfer them outside in about 4-6 weeks of growth. Thanks, we will post a video on the growth outcome.

  4. gonna get started soon in the summer… i like ur vibe….. and i am so glad u are a friend of Maangchi… i love her videos

  5. A new gardener, I always thought it was weird to throw away two of the three seedlings. Do I really want to send 60% of my seeds to their doom? How is that sustainable? Thank you for confirming that for me

  6. I'm going to start a container garden really soon. I already have a few seed packets that I want to start off with, I just wanted to ask what type/brand of soil do you suggest I use to start my seeds in? What brand do you use?

  7. Hi!
    Ive watched you for years now and i love your channel!
    I just started my own gardening channel!
    Id be honored if you'd check my channel out, and would love some tips on how to make my videos better 🙂
    Thank you!

  8. Great tips… I would also like to know if you have any tips for starting and planting collards or turnip greens…. thanks

  9. I started from seed a few weeks ago. I have been on YouTube every other day. Thank you so much for sharing. I kinda got crazy with the seeds and now I know I can store them.

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