Kitchen Garden Seed. In recent posts, I’ve explored the reasons why a kitchen gardener might choose to start seedlings indoors or buy seedlings from a garden store or nursery. Assuming you’ve decided to start your own seedlings for your kitchen garden, let’s take one more look at how to go about it.
If you want to use those seed-starting peat pellets that seem so omnipresent in department and gardening stores, please have a look at how to use them. If you’d rather try starting seeds in the soil, read on; this post explains how to do it properly.
Start to seed your kitchen garden:
Starting seeds for your kitchen garden requires very little space. I start more than 300 seedlings on a single shelf that happens to be in my room. These cauliflower seedlings sprouted in about three days and are thriving two inches beneath full-spectrum fluorescent tubes. In about a week, I’ll move the seedlings outdoors for a week, and then I’ll plant them in my garden. You can use those methods for your kitchen garden too because it works in my kitchen garden until now.
Start seed your kitchen garden with containers:
If you want to start seeds indoors in soil, it will be very similar to sowing seeds outdoors in your home. Like directly in a planting seed on your bed. How you use the seedlings will influence what types of containers you choose. For example, if you want to grow grain for your container garden.
It will be perfect to start the planters they’ll occupy through the entire growing season. Also, you can move them to your outdoors on warm days in early spring and late winter, and move them back indoors when frost is in the forecast.
However, to get the most out of limited seed-starting space. It makes sense to start seeds in small pots or nursery flats. In this case, I prefer flats made out of pressed peat moss or brown cardboard. These typically come in 10-cell units, and you can easily cut them or tear them apart into smaller sets.
After that, I like to plant two seeds in each cell of a flat, but if you want to keep things simple, plant just one. If you’re tough-hearted, plant two seeds and cut off or gently pull one plant if two emerge from the soil. Sometimes seeds don’t sprout, so you increase your chances of getting one per pot if you plant two seeds.
Start to plant the seed:
Then, I separated a flat of ten nursery pots into units of four and six pots. Set the six-pot group into a pan made from a gallon milk jug, filled the individual pots with commercial potting soil, and added water. That’s are possible for you to use whatever containers you have. In this case, I used a milk jug because it is free and easy to use as a pot.
Then, I like to water the set seed, because watering can disturb the seeds and even wash them out of the pots. To plant it, actually, I instead use the point of a chopstick to poke depressions in opposite corners of each pot; two depressions per pot. The depth of the lows depends on planting instructions on the seed packets.
After that, I drop one seed into each depression, and I smooth the soil over, tamping it down a bit to make sure it comes in contact with the seeds.
While flats and peat pellets provide tidy organization for your seedlings, plants don’t require individual pots to get a good start. As I explain in this article, I start two plants in each sprouting pot and separate the seedlings when I transplant them into the garden or larger pots. Many folks start a dozen or more seeds in a single tray—a baking dish or food-storage container, for example, dig up the seedlings to transplant them later.
I started planting two seedlings per pot, figuring it improved my chances of getting a seedling in every planter. If two sprouted, I’d cut one away and let the other mature. When two sprouted in every pot I planted, I didn’t have the heart to kill the runts. So, when I took them to my garden, I gently tore the pots apart and planted the seedlings separately. My point: seedlings won’t care if you plant two dozen seeds per container. You can fit a lot more in less space when you do this, but make sure you use a big enough container that you’ll be able to separate the seedlings later. Here I cut the bottom off a milk jug and the side of a milk jug to create two seed-starting planters. I might start twenty seeds in the smaller planter and thirty or more in the larger one.
Should you poke drainage holes in the bottoms of these milk carton seed-starting trays? I don’t. Check on my seed starts at least once a day. I can tell whether the soil is damp, and I add only enough water to keep it that way without flooding my planters. If you find it challenging to judge how moist the soil is, perhaps you should add drainage holes, but make sure that you also place platters or pans under the planters to capture leaks.
Soil for your Seeds
You can use soil from your planting beds to start seeds, but I suggest buying potting soil or seed-starting mix. Why? Three reasons:
1. The potting mix is likely to be free of viable seeds, roots, and tubers. Soil from your garden may host any or all of these, and you could grow a lot more than you intend.
2. The potting mix is likely to be free of molds, fungus, and bacteria. Garden soil may harbor all these nuisances, and infect your seedlings. Planting seeds in commercial potting soil gives your seedlings time to grow strong before they have to deal with microbial challenges.
3. Unless you brought several gallons of garden soil inside last autumn, you might not be able to dig any out of the garden until after an appropriate planting date for your seeds. When I should be starting cold weather crops (brassicas, peas, lettuce, and spinach) indoors, my garden is usually frozen and buried in snow.
Some potting soils are such a poorly formula that they repel water. You can make a depression in such soils, fill the depression with water, and evaporate without ever soaking in. If the soil you buy is like this, pour what you’ll use into a bucket, add water, and stir until the soil is all damp. Use this moistened soil to fill your pots, and as long as you keep the moisture, it should absorb water adequately.
Don’t use Wet Potting Soil
I had a most frustrating experience last season with potting soil: I bought a large bag of a marketing mix that a local nursery used for their seed starts. It was great stuff; my seeds and seedlings loved it.
Later, I purchased a second bag to handle some container gardening experiments. This second bag had been stored outdoors and had seemed to be a minor tear in the bag. Everything I planted in soil from the second bag was stunted and unsatisfactory, as though there was a growth retardant in the soil.
The first bag of soil had been bone dry within; I could lift the bag effortlessly though it held many gallons of soil. The second bag had been soak through; could barely lift it. I suspect that the second bag of soil, once wet, had become a growth medium for some microorganisms that were either infectious to plants or that produced toxic chemicals to root health.
Now I live by this creed: I will not buy bagged potting soil that is noticeably moist; if it’s not dry in the bag, the soil may be hazardous to your seeds and seedlings.
The Best Kitchen Garden Seed Planter
In this section, I will give some tools, the best planter I pick for my kitchen garden. It will contain affiliate programs to support me with buying some suitable garden seed planter with the following link on each planter. Also, I will share my knowledge and experience about how I use and why it will be the best planter for your kitchen garden. Let’s start guys.
5 Tier Stackable Planter – Vertical Garden Indoor/Outdoor
This planter is recommended for you, who only have a little space in your kitchen for a garden because the size of this planter is small enough. Otherwise, only have small space on kitchen garden make it hard to put more herb or vegetable on it. But, with this planter will solve that problem, because you will have enough space to plant more herb, the size of this planter only 12 x 12 x 8 inches.
Minus of this planter also the size, you can not plant big/huge herb or vegetable on it. On the other hand, this planter design has water reservoirs on each layer, and you will not need to worry about over-watering your herb and plants. Last, the good news is the reviews of this planter is 4.3 out of 5 stars from 490 buyers. So, I think this planter is perfect for people who want to start gardening in the kitchen for the first time.
Daniel’s Plants 3” Peat Pots | Organic Biodegradable Plantable Pots | Eco Friendly
This product is excellent for you who want to plant more in your garden. You can big space in your kitchen garden, use this product as a peat pot for your very recommended product decently sturdy, hold soil, and grow in it. On the other hand, a little minor from this product is when you add water to it; they can become a bit weak, so you have to be careful, but that’s normal since you want them to decompose in the soil and be weak enough for the roots to grow through. Last but not least, this product is 100% Natural, Organic & Biodegradable for your kitchen garden. This product is very recommended for you with 4.6 out of 5 stars from 307 buyers.
7 inch Round Self Watering Planter with Water Level Gauge Indoor Outdoor Garden
This is a lovely planter product, I think. I love that this product comes with the two compacted wafers to expand with water for the soil. Also, it comes with a bag of lava type of rock pellets. Assuming these are to pot on the top of the plants to enhance retaining moisture and dispersal of the water. It makes this product so easy to use; moreover, I didn’t need the self-watering option or water indicator, but it’s an excellent ‘extra’ for an extended time. But, the set up is a little hard because the seller didn’t give the guidance/manual book. But you can solve it with seeing the tutorial to set it up on youtube. This planter has 4.5 stars review from 263 buyers. So I think this product is good enough for you to start your gardening skills.
Sun-E 2.5 Inch Owl Pot Ceramic Flowing Glaze Base Serial Set Succulent Plant Pot Cactus, and Bonsai
The kitchen garden not only about how you do the planter and watering the herbs. But, you must think about the view of your kitchen garden. This product is a fantastic planter to make your kitchen garden look fresh and beautiful. I use this pot because it was bringing a new look to my kitchen. Try it to give a beautiful touch on your kitchen garden, with 4.6 stars review from buyers and low prices.
VegTrug 8 Pocket Herb Garden
This planter is the next level of kitchen gardening. With this planter, you can plant at least eight different herbs on your kitchen garden. I use it for may vegetables and fruits. It makes me have excellent and fresh food for my family. My advice makes sure you have the outer frame squared when assembling or the insert (floor of the top section. At the bottom shelf will be challenging to put in place. If this happens, it helps to loosen the corners and braces, place both the insert (floor of the top) and bottom shelf, and tighten all of the screws. It took about 1.5 cubic feet of soil to fill. Buy it, and became an expert on gardening.
Your newly-planted seeds need moisture and warmth. Immediately upon sprouting, the seedlings also need light not just sunlight from a south-facing window. Butome kind of supplemental lighting to assure the plants don’t grow spindly and weak. What I’ve learned since writing that post is that the fluorescent light fixtures produce enough warmth. My shelf is about 75 F even though the rest of the room runs about 60 F.