How to Start Garden Seeds Inside


Many gardeners prefer to get a jump-start on the growing season by starting their seeds indoors in early spring, when it is still too cold to plant outdoors. You can start seeds indoors in a variety of containers. One of the easiest ways is to purchase seed-starting cells or small peat pots from a nursery or garden center. You can also add soil to an old egg carton or a small plastic container. Once you've got the seeds and a place to put them, all you need to get your seeds started indoors is a warm and sunny location to place them.

Starting Seeds Indoors

Step 1

Read the instructions on the seed packet so you know how the seeds should be planted and what kind of conditions are required. Most seeds will need a sunny location and a well-draining soil.

Step 2

Place a seed in the pot or cell at the required depth for that plant. Check the back of the seed packet if you do not know how deep to plant it.

Step 3

Gently cover the seed with soil. Keep in mind that most seeds need just a light covering. If you are unsure about how much dirt to cover the seed with, check the seed packet.

Step 4

Repeat steps 2 and 3 with remaining seeds.

Step 5

Water the plants carefully using a spray bottle or mister. Do not use a watering can or faucet as the water stream will be too heavy and the seed can be moved or pushed too far under the soil.

Step 6

Place the seeds in a warm and sunny location.

Step 7

Check the seeds every day or two and water them as necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Seeds
  • Seed-starting cells, small pots or other small containers
  • Potting soil
  • Water


  • Hume Seeds: Starting Seeds Indoors
  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service: Starting Seeds Indoors
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