How to Plant Seeds Into Soil


A huge variety of plants can be grown from seeds, including hundreds of varieties of flowers, vegetables and even trees. Although each seed plant is different, the basics of planting seeds are very similar. Before getting started, you'll need to decide what and where you want to plant. Some things to consider include how much space you have and what the environment is like. Plants typically do best in certain conditions, like sun vs. shade or well-drained soil vs. clay soil. Once you decide on the basics, getting started with planting is pretty simple.

Step 1

Read through the planting instructions that came with your seeds so you know how deep and how far apart to plant the seeds, and whether the location you have selected gets enough sunlight.

Step 2

Dig a hole large enough and deep enough to plant your seeds. The depth for planting varies depending on the species, but most flower and vegetable seeds are very small and should be planted less than 1 inch deep. Some seeds can even be left directly on top of the soil.

Step 3

Cover the hole with soil, making sure to cover it completely.

Step 4

Repeat steps 2 and 3 for your remaining seeds, making sure you space the seeds correctly.

Step 5

Water the newly planted seeds thoroughly.

Things You'll Need

  • Seeds of your choosing
  • Trowel or small shovel
  • Water


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