As the weather is starting to become more spring like I have started the seeds indoors for my early crops. I have purchased a couple of seed trays and covers from the local garden center to use . The total cost for the tray and cover is $2.98 and they are reusable. Let me take you step by step to get your seeds set up.
The seed tray is what you will be germinating your seeds in. You will need seed starting mix and if you would like to start several different crops in one tray you will need dividers. The dividers are nothing more than pieces of corrugated cardboard. They will be used to keep the seeds separated.
I simply measured the cardboard and cut it into strip so that it would fit in the seed tray standing up. You may divide the tray as many times as you want but I would not go past 6 sections. Once you have decided you may place them in the seed tray.
Once the seed starter mix is moistened plant your seeds for each section and cover with the appropriate amount of mix per seed packet label. Lightly mist the top of the seed tray to be sure mix is moist but not soggy.
Now place the cover over the tray and move it to a sunny place or put under grow lights. Keep an eye on the seed mix to be sure it stays moist but not soggy. If too much condensation forms on the cover remove it for a couple of hours to let the starting mix to dry out just a little.
As you can see each section is label with what seeds are in it . This way there is no confusion. Once you are ready to transplant them.
SoÃ‚ starting seeds at home is not that big of a project but it may be imperative if you want to grow certain heirloom variates not available at garden centers or nurseries in your area. A little patients and a couple of dollars for supplies and you can startÃ‚ all your vegetables at home. This way you will know where your plants have come from. This is also a great project to get youngsters involved in.