How to Make Your Own Seed Starter


Starting your own plants from seeds can save you a lot of money on your garden. Not only can you grow a wider variety of flowers and vegetables, you also can take better care of them than nursery bought transplants so you have stronger plants in the long run. When starting seeds you need a light seed starter mix with no weed seeds or diseases to grow the seeds in, according to the University of Maine. With a few simple ingredients, you can make your own seed starter at home.

Step 1

Measure out one part peat moss for your seed starter. For one tray of seeds, you will need about 2 cups. Place it in the bowl.

Step 2

Measure one part vermiculite or perlite, about 2 cups for one seed tray. Place it in the bowl with the peat moss.

Step 3

Mix the peat moss and vermiculite or perlite with your hands until it is combined well. Add a few tablespoons of water if it is not moist.

Step 4

Divide the seed starter into the seed trays, filling each tray to ¼-inch below the rim.

Step 5

Dig a small hole in each tray from ½ to ¼ inches deep and place one seed in each hole. Cover the holes in the seed starter and water them until they are moist.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not start seeds in garden soil as it is too compact and full of weed seeds and diseases.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat moss
  • Vermiculite or perlite
  • Measuring cup
  • Bowl
  • Seed trays


  • University of Maine: Starting seeds at home
  • University of Nevada: Starting from seed
Keywords: seed starter mix, seed starter, seedling starter mix

About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.