How to Prevent Mold When Planting Vegetable Seeds


Planting a vegetable garden can be very rewarding for the backyard gardener; months of work provide a source of relaxation and escape, and the final result is a delicious crop incomparable to anything available commercially. To ensure successful gardening and avoid the frustration of rotted and molding seeds, it is important to verify proper drainage and avoid creating conditions where mold can propagate.

Step 1

Till the soil to soften its surface and add 2 inches of sand over the entire garden. Till the sand into the soil at a depth of 2 feet to provide ample drainage for the soil.

Step 2

Form the rows for planting and sprinkle your seeds. Cover the seeds lightly with sand, instead of using dirt. This will ensure ample evaporation of surface water and prevent the dirt from caking over the seeds, preventing them from sprouting.

Step 3

Water the seeds each morning until they sprout. This ensures the soil remains moist enough for the seeds to germinate, but also gives plenty of time for the sun to evaporate excess water.

Step 4

Water the ground sparingly once the seeds have sprouted. The general rule of thumb is that you should water only when the ground is dry down to one inch below the soil line. When watering the young plants, do not flood their rows, instead use the watering can to apply a light sprinkling and return to sprinkle again after the rest of the garden has been watered. Once again, always water in the morning to ensure adequate evaporation.

Things You'll Need

  • Till
  • Sand
  • Watering can


  • "Planting Vegetable Seeds"; James C. Schmidt; University of Illinois.
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Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.