Imagine dining on the freshest, most succulent vegetables in town every night, and you don't even have to go to the grocery store to get them. That's only part of the satisfaction you'll enjoy from growing your own vegetable garden from seeds. You'll also love watching your rows of fat, juicy tomatoes or thick heads of lettuce get ready for your feast. Growing your own veggies from seeds is fun, economical, and very, very tasty. Here's how to do it.
If you're just getting started, you may want to buy seeds from a catalogue company that specializes in growing vegetables. You'll receive good instructions, quality, and selection.
If you already have a vegetable garden, it's fun to collect seeds for next year's planting. Just clean the seeds and let them dry out. Then store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place until planting time. If you're not sure you're doing it right, follow the specific directions for the vegetables you plan on growing.
Paper cups, small flowerpots, or flats work great for starting seeds indoors. Make sure they allow for drainage (put small hole in the bottom of your paper cups.).
Fill your containers with Miracle-Gro® Seed Starting Potting Mix, which is ideal for germinating seeds, or a good potting mix, such as Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix. Sprinkle seeds onto the soil, then cover them with more soil to the depth recommended on the seed packet.
Once your seeds start to sprout, give them a little extra room by transplanting them to bigger pots. Then let them get a taste of the great outdoors by putting them outside for a few hours at a time. This helps the plants get used to their new environment without suffering shock.
Indoor planting works differently for different kinds of plants. Here's an easy guide for
Plants that start well indoors: Tomatoes, peppers, celery, cauliflower, head lettuce, eggplant
Other plants you can start indoors: Broccoli, brussels sprouts
Plants you can start indoors or out: Beans, peas, most lettuce, and corn
Plants to start only outdoors: Root plants (carrots, turnips, etc.)