How to Plant Seeds

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Proper soil and climate are two elements that will make planting seeds successfully easier. Learn more in this free educational video series. View Video Transcript

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Doug Smiddy

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Hi! I'm Doug Smiddy of Smiddy's Gardening Services here on behalf of Today we are here to talk about starting your plants from seeds. Now we have the soil in most of our cells as you can see and that is that moistened mix that we showed you earlier. So what we are going to do is take the pre-moistened peat moss and put it in your cells and of course do this in an area you don't mind having a little dirt spill and just even it out like that. It doesn't have to be perfect. Put a little more in there. Okay and just kind of even it out and then tap it down lightly with your fingers. You don't have to press it down real hard. You just want to kind of press out those air pockets. Pretty simple, just like that. Now going back to our seed packet, in this particular case we want to plant them about a 1/4 of an inch. Now you can use a ruler to figure that out. It's not an exact size but you do want to try to get somewhat close to that. Now on my finger I happen to know a 1/4 of an inch is about half-way up the nail of my finger. So I just make a little hole in each cell about that depth. Not too hard and it is better to plant a little too deep than a little too shallow. If it's too shallow, you are not going to have the root system. It's not going to have the capability to grab on and keep the plant upright. So we are going to open up the seed packet and pour out our seeds and as you can see, the seeds are very small. The general rule of thumb let's say you couldn't read what was on the back of the seed packet as far as depth. You want to plant it twice the diameter of the seed. This case said about a 1/4 of an inch. I would say these seeds are about an 1/8 inch wide. Now to put it in the cells, just make sure you get germination in every cell. What I do is plant 2 to 3 in each hole. If it is a really small seed and you drop 4 or 5 in there, don't sweat it. You can thin them later. Then I just take the surrounding soil, cover up that hole nice and gentle, just pat it down not too hard just gently. Again what you are trying to do in this case is just get rid of the air pockets in there. Just like that, you've just started 6 plants.