Now is the time to start if you're planning to grow your spring and summer garden from seed. The most crucial vegetables to start early indoors are tomatoes, peppers, gourds, and eggplant. The
reason for this is that these are the vegetables that will take longest to start and grow enough to begin producing. Other veggies such as beans, squash, pumpkins, okra, and corn
can be sown directly outdoors right at the beginning of spring.
Flowers and herbs can also be started at this time indoors, although some flowers should be sown directly outside. The seed packet will tell you to start flowers. With herbs such as basil
it's a good idea to start indoors as well.
I'm starting some Luffa gourd seeds, Lemon Balm, and a couple types of basil. I'm also trying out Morning Glories and Chinese Lanterns from seed.
I would recommend starting your seeds using peat moss or peat pellets.
A very important key when using peat moss is that you must wet it beforehand. It tends to have a very dry consistency, so I would recommend putting it in a bucket with water and mixing it
around really good, allowing it to absorb the water.
After I wet the peat moss, I put it in my containers. I used egg cartons, but you can also use small peat pots or any other small container.
Now you're ready to put your seeds in. I put mine in the top and pressed down to bury them if needed. You will want to follow the directions on your seed packet for depth, but a general rule of
thumb is the larger the seed, the deeper you bury it. With very small seeds, such as the basil and Chinese Lanterns I planted, barely cover them.
After your seeds are covered, lightly sprinkle them with water. The key is to make sure the water never comes down in a hard stream, because this might saturate the peat moss too much, and
might wash the seeds out or bury them too deep. I actually sprinkled the water by pouring my watering can over my fingers, then dripping the water down on the egg cartons. It might be worth it to
invest in a watering can with a sprinkler pour spout on it.
Keep your seed starts indoors in an area with bright indirect light. They will come up best if you make sure the temperature doesn't drop below 60 degrees.
I will update this as my seedlings come up and I get ready to move them outdoors.