Using Organic Seeds in Your Garden

image1Today we are going to talk about organic seeds and seedlings. I spend most of my winter pouring through various seed catalogs in hopes of figuring out exactly what I want to plant for the coming season. This can seem challenging for anyone whether you’re indecisive or you make decisions easily because there are so many things to consider when picking your seeds. If you have any friends who have a green thumb then it’s great to get their opinions on their experiences with certain seeds and how they fared in their growing season. A good garden depends on many different things like the soil type, the sunlight, if there are any pest problems, how much and when they are watered etc. so picking the right seeds are just the beginning.

image2So once you have chosen the seeds you want in your garden then you need to get them started. Here we have some nice fresh potting soil that we have in a waterproof tray with little individual cell packs. Each of these little packs holds six plants so very simply image3we just need to poke some little holes in the soil of each cell of our trays. We are going to start off with a package of some nice organic zucchini seeds. There are so many different varieties of each type of vegetable so do some research and experimentation to find out which ones you like best and which do well in your climate. Make a note of what you’re planting; purchase some little tags to mark which cell contains what type of seed to keep track. Larger seeds like zucchini and pumpkin are pretty easy to plant. Any seeds that are flat need to be planted sideways because there is a top side and a bottom side so this way it will grow properly.

image4Next let’s plant some sage; many of the herb seeds are much smaller but you can still just grab one or two and drop them in each little hole you’ve poked in each cell. To cover these up I simply mash the dirt in on top of the seed. Make sure you water them gently so that none of the soil is washed away and the seeds stay covered. Place your trays in a shady spot until you start to see some growth pop up and out of the soil. Once the seeds start sprouting and grow for a month to a month and a half depending on what type of seed it is, then they will be ready to be transplanted. To transplant our home grown seedlings just push from the bottom of each cell. You can squeeze it a little bit to free up the soil and roots from the cell. Dig your little hole in the place of your choice in your garden, than place in your seedling. Backfill it with loose soil and give each one a good long drink of water. To have your seedlings suffer less transplant shock, transplant them in the evening. Thanks for reading and good luck in your organic garden adventure.