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Vegetable & Herb Seedlings

Seedling Diaries Vol. 1

April 7, 2021

Guys, I did it. I was finally able to successfully start vegetable and herb seeds indoors.

In years past, I’ve tried and failed miserably. I’m talking not a single little green sprout. However, I’ve learned a few things along the way that I’d like to share with you all.

  1. Temperature: make sure those little babies don’t get too cold. I think this was a major problem in my nearly 100 year old home.
  2. Good Seeds: I went with non-GMO organic seeds instead of the ones from the clearance aisle that were most likely expired
  3. Light: I actually purchased a little light that clamps onto my table. It made such a difference! Plus, it has a timer. Score!
  4. DIY Greenhouse: aka putting plastic wrap tightly over my seeds until they germinated.
Seedling Update

My seedlings are 6 weeks old and I won’t lie to you, I thought they’d be bigger and more established by now. Many sources say to start the seeds I chose 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost. I’ve noticed that some others in zone 6 started their seeds in February. Maybe, this is something to note for next year. Though, I am hoping that they will take off once I plant them in my elevated garden bed.

I am happy to report that just about every seed that I planted germinated! I was not expecting that at all. So, I decided to thin out some plants a little earlier in order to give the others room to grow and stretch their roots. My lettuce seedlings were looking a little leggy, so I moved them into larger pots where I could plant them deeper. Fingers crossed for my lettuce!

Next week I will start the hardening off process.

On a side note, I’d really love a living wall full of beautiful plants.

By Alexandra Taylor

Alexandra Taylor is an author, passionate home chef, newbie gardener, and clean beauty enthusiast.
Stick around for book updates, recipes, and adventures in patio gardening.

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