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How to Make Peat Pellets

How to Make Peat Pellets. Peat pellets provide gardeners with convenience and proven seed-starting results. They provide seeds with the right environment needed to sprout and the initial organic fertilizer young plants need when placed in the garden. You could buy peat pots in the store, but making them yourself will save you money and give you the self-reliance gardeners often crave.

Boil approximately 1 pint of water.

Add one envelope of unflavored gelatin slowly until contents are completely dissolved.

Remove gelatin mixture from heat and let it cool. After it has cooled, mix gelatin and potting mix in a bucket until the mixture begins to hold together. One envelope of gelatin will treat approximately 10 pounds potting mix. For best results, use a potting mix high in peat content.

Set a tomato paste can with both ends removed on a hard surface and fill can halfway full of mixture. Any small cylinder with two open ends could be substituted for the tomato paste can.

Tamp the soil with a round object, such as the top of the can. When soil is compacted, lightly press on soil to pop it out of the can.

Indent soil of new peat pellets lightly with your finger and place seeds in the indented soil. Seeds can be planted in peat pellets immediately, even if peat is still wet.

Start Tomato Plants In Peat Pellets

Gather some containers for the peat pellets. Look through your recyclable goods for items that you can repurpose for this. The main goal is for the item to hold water and protect your furniture. Ideally, you should have an outlet nearby where you can plug in a grow light or fluorescent light so that the new sprouts can have light whether the sun is shining or not. Add water three times the depth of the peat pellets to each container. Poke a small hole in the top of the peat pellet with the tip of a pencil or a chopstick. Drop one tomato seed into the hole. Repeat this until each peat pellet contains a seed. Label each container with a marker so that you know what type of tomato seeds you planted. If you just planted one variety, you can skip this step. As the plants emerge, raise the light slightly. Add water to the peat pellets when they feel dry to the touch.


Duct tape sharp edges of tomato paste can to avoid cuts. If you have potting mix that is low in peat content, purchase a bag of peat moss and mix it half and half with your regular potting mix.

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