Seedlings, Starting Vegetable Seeds – What Are You waiting For??

February is the right time to start preparing to plant your spring flower and vegetable garden.

starting-seeds Supplies that you will need to have on hand. Seeds, of your choice. Whether you plan to plant seeds you have saved or purchased seeds, now is the time to get them sorted, determine when and how they should be planted. You will need a good quality potting soil, trays to plant in. You may also find a need for things like paper towels, plastic wrap, plant markers, and possibly fertilizers.

Not every plant needs to be started this early in the season. Read The Seed Package Planting Instructions… It will say on the seed packet how many weeks the seed needs to started in advance of the transplant date. You’ll be transplanting the seed after the last frost. Ask local gardeners, to find out the approximate date of the last frost. Find Your First and Last Frost Free gardening dates

To be successful you will need a warm sunny south facing window or a good quality grow light to get your seedlings off to a fast and healthy start.

Time and temperature needed to grow vegetable transplants
Crop Time from seeding to germination (days) Optimum soil temperature (°F) Time from germination to transplanting (weeks)
Broccoli 7–10 50–85 5–7
Cabbage 4–10 50–85 5–7
Celery 9–21 50–65 10–12
Cucumber 6–10 65–85 4
Eggplant 6–10 65–85 6–9
Lettuce 6–8 50–65 3–5
Melons 6–8 65–85 3–4
Onion 7–10 65–85 8
Pepper 9–14 65–85 6–8
Squash 4–6 65–85 3–4
Tomato 6–12 65–85 5–7

$3 Newspaper Pot Maker

I have seen these cute ‘expensive’ wood devices that can be used to make newspaper seedling starter pots. I have seen them listed on internet websites from about $25.00 to as much as $50.00. I just want pay that much for a dollar or two of wood.

Simply Flagstaff blog Has designed and provided construction details on making your very own $3.00 newspaper seedling starter pot.

I did a posting a while back about this very same subject. Home made seedling pot maker However Cindy has put me to shame. Her design is a much better design and SO easy and cheap to build about $3.00 total investment. Parts are available in any hardware store.

Cindy said”
1 – 2 inch PVC Coupling
2 – 1 1/2 inch PVC Dome Slip Cap
3 – 1 1/2 inch PVC Bushing

The assembly is super easy. Place the bushing (#3) into the dome slip cap (#2) …that’s it!!”

Visit Simply Flagstaff blog for a lot of photographs and a detail construction and How to use your new Newspaper seedling starter pot maker.

Soil Temperature and Successful Home Gardeners
Germination Temperature Information
germination-temperatures Click chart {on right} to Zoom in

Food for thought {pun intended} Whether you are planting your seeds directly into your garden soil or in seedling pots, soil temperature is all important in getting them off to a good start..

Few gardening guru’s will tell those new to gardening how to maximize seed germination after you invest, money, time and effort into getting that tiny seed into the soil. For proper germination and strong healthy seedlings you must have the right combination of soil temperature, soil moisture and planting depth.

Seeds planted to shallow will emerge quickly, but, will be easily damaged until they have time to put down deep roots. Seeds planted to deep may never emerge into the light of day. *Read and follow planting instructions on your seed package!

  • 1. If your soil is to wet, your seeds may rot before germination.
  • 2. Planted in dry soil your seed will lay dormant until there’s enough moisture to germinate.
  • 3. Seed planted in cool soil will be slow to germinate or your seeds may rot before they germinate.
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    4 responses to “Seedlings, Starting Vegetable Seeds – What Are You waiting For??

    1. 🙂 What am I waiting for? Well, next month when the snow is gone! I’m up here in zone 4 along the Canadian border, y’see…


      • Re: catfeet1 – thanks for taking time to visit my tiny blog. YUK – zone 4, that means your frost free growing season is pretty short. I’m in zone 7 and have about 220-225 frost free days a year.
        Happy almost spring time gardening


    2. Hi Bev Apologies for the dealed reply. I’ve just come back from overseas. Pretty sure its okm. Will check my calendar tomorrow. regards Janeve just come back from overseas. Pretty sure its okm. Will check my calendar tomorrow. regards Jane
      Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom – let your email find you!


    3. You always have such great ideas! Thanks for sharing them.


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