Did you know that planting seeds directly into the outdoor soil is often a better option than starting them inside? The outdoors is a seed’s natural habitat, which is why planting outside is often the best option for getting plants a healthy start. Sowing seeds directly into outdoor soil is a true pleasure of gardening, and it is especially recommended for plants that don’t transplant well or heat loving plants. Some plants that really thrive when they are sown directly are; carrots, radishes, cucumbers, pumpkins, melons, and squash. We are going to share some simple tips with you to make planting your seeds easier because plants that are grown outside from seed will likely harbor fewer pests, and become stronger because they spend their entire existence in their native soil. Follow these five steps to make your seed planting a breeze.
1. Prepare Your Soil
You will need to get rid of all the debris that accumulated over winter, and break up any clumps of soil. Then use a rake or hand fork to loosen the soil. Once you’ve broken up clumps and loosed the soil you can add fertilizer or compost, and rake the soil until you have a nice level surface.
2. Learn About the Seed
There will be different rules depending on the type of seed you are planting, so make sure you read this information. On your seed packet you’ll find information on the best time to plant, the depth to sow, and spacing. When you’re sowing very small seeds, such as carrots, you can mix the seeds with sand to help you disperse them. With larger seeds, create a long furrow and place the seeds at the proper spacing.
3. Keep Seeds Moist
It’s very important to consistently keep you soil moist. After you plant your seeds water them with a gentle mist, not a strong spray. A strong spray will put your seeds at risk for being dislodged. Keep an eye on your soil, and water your seeds everyday. Keep in mind that too little moisture can keep your seeds from germinating, but too much could cause them to rot. Typically watering once a day will be good for keeping your soil moist, but in a sunny spot, you might need to water more than once a day.
4.Mark Your Rows
You’ll need to keep track of what seeds are planted where, you might think you’ll remember, but marking them will allow you to know where everything is at all times, in case you do forget. To mark your seeds you can use stakes and string or any kind of tall stick. Attach your seed packet to one of the markers, this will tell you what’s in the ground, and when the seedlings should start peeking through.
5.Know Your Seedlings
You need to know what your seedlings will look like in order to keep them “safe.” If you don’t know what they look like you might think they are weeds and end up pulling them. Again, your seed packet will come in handy. The seed packet will usually show what your seedlings will look like, or you can look online. If you aren’t sure, don’t pull it until you do some research.
When you’re ready to get your gardening going use top quality soil, and keep these tips in mind so your seeds will thrive. Feel free to comment or email us with any other tips you have about planting seeds.