Today we’re finally starting our first garden and it’s all from seeds! This is a container garden so it’s great for an apartment balcony.
Starting the first garden from seeds
Starting a garden for the 1st time can seem overwhelming, and stop you from even trying. At least this is how I felt for so long.
Because of this, I decided to do my research and see what it really takes to start a garden. On my findings, I broke it down into 4 main steps to starting a garden and 4 more additional steps to maintain a garden.
Stay tuned for another post talking about how I maintain my garden and get it ready for harvest!
So today we’ll be looking into the 4 steps I took to start up my very first garden for our apartment!
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Step 1- Soak Soil
After you pick out your seed that you will be planting and the containers you will be using, you’ll want to fill up your containers with either seed starting mix or potting mix.
Then you’ll want to soak the soil really well. Soil mix that comes from bags can be really dry, which is not great for seed starting.
Give it a good soaking by watering it between 5 to 10 times within the day.
Step 2- Plant Seeds
When the soil is fully moist it’s ready for seeds.
Dig a tiny hole in the moist soil set in 1 or 2 seeds per hole.
The reason for planting more than one seed per hole is because of germination. Not all seeds germinate which means sprout or grow. There are many reasons why a seed won’t grow but inserting more than one seed increases your chances of having a seed grow.
If you get two seedlings that sprout all you need to do is pick the smallest one out.
Step 3- Keep Warm
For seeds to germinate, most must be kept warm at between 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
There are many ways to keep your seedlings warm, but I would say the easiest way is to just keep them inside. If you keep the temperature in your home between 65 to 75 then that’s enough.
Other ways can be to keep them in a type of greenhouse, place a dome on top, place them on a heating mat, or the simplest method is to place them on top of your fridge.
Step 4- Water Seeds
The last thing to do when starting your first garden is to lightly water your seedlings.
You can use a spray bottle set on a mist setting to water your seeds. Make sure whatever method you use to not disturb the seeds you just planted.
The reason you want to water them again after soaking the soil is to coat the seed with water to start the germination process.
After that, you want to make sure you label your plants so you know what is growing and where they are.
Ready to start your first garden?
I hope after this you are ready to start your first garden, and that with my simple 4 steps you won’t feel overwhelmed.
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