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FutureStarrAHow to Sow Seeds Outdoors
Seeds are the seeds for life. They are a way to put down roots and grow, providing a foundation for a beautiful garden. They are a way to establish systems that encourage life to flourish. They are the way to take care of the earth we live on.Make sure the seed bed is evenly moist before and after germination. Not watering can delay germination for a week or more. Use the mist setting on your watering wand so you don’t wash the seeds away or you might end up with clusters of plants and bare spots. Fortunately, even if that happens, it can be remedied. Find out how to transplant seedlings in the garden for a fuller garden bed. Continue to mist until the tiny plants have a couple sets of leaves, usually in two or three weeks. Then you can start using heavier flow settings.
Have a Plan. Know where each vegetable will go. For example, consider which vegetables need shade and which vegetables are tall so they do not shade shorter plants. Also, plant so that you can reach the center of the row or bed easily enough to weed, water, and harvest. Provide permanent beds for perennial crops such as rhubarb, asparagus, and some herbs. Remember, you can plant cool-season crops in the same place as warm-season crops later in the season, based on the vegetable’s days to maturity (on the seed packet). Try our Garden Planner to plan your garden for success.Use Quality Seed. Seeds do have a shelf life, and while you can often get away with using older seeds, just be prepared for lower germination rates. Use fresh seed from a reputable company for the best results. See our list of reputable seed soures.
Also, if you save you own seeds, do not save seeds from hybrid plants. Most hybrid plants will not be “true” to their parent type, so you could end up with a completely different (and possibly disappointing) fruit or flower. See more about saving vegetable seeds.For best results, seedlings need regular attention, as they can be very vulnerable in the first few months, until sturdy and well rooted. In particular, ensure they don’t go short of water or get outcompeted by weeds, and are protected from pests and hard frosts. Seedlings will usually appear within a couple of weeks – check the seed packet for exact timings Heat-loving crops that need a long season to produce, such as tomato, pepper or eggplant, don't yield as strong a performance when they're direct-sown, especially in regions with short growing seasons. Start these seeds indoors. Other heat-loving crops, such as pumpkin, squash, cucumber, beans and melons, thrive when direct-sown after all danger of frost is past. (Source: bioadvanced.com)