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Finally, the day I planned to plant my seeds arrived! I spread out all my supplies right on my dining room table (fancy, I know), and got to work sowing seeds.
A few weeks ago, I wrote in detail about creating a plan to grow a vegetable and herb garden this summer. If you’d like to read about the planning phase, you’ll find it here.
I filled seed starting mix in the seed trays (affiliate link), filling up the pods about 75% of the way. Then I sprinkled the seeds, 2-3 per pod, and covered with a thin layer of dirt. The directions said to put ¼ inch layer of dirt on top, but I wasn’t super precise. I labeled each tray and put them under a sunny window.
After I had planted the seeds, I knew I needed to water them, but wasn’t quite sure how. Pouring water on top would move the seeds around and make a huge mess. Google directed me to water with a spray bottle. I dug one out of the garage, and misted them well every 2-3 days.
Aside from watering, there wasn’t much to do but wait for the seeds to sprout…but then my husband brought up the topic of grow lights.
Do I need grow lights for sowing seeds?
My husband said that when he grew plants from seeds as a kid with his grandfather, they always put grow lights very close to the dirt and moved them up as the plants grew taller. Huh, I thought. Do I need those? I hate buying items that are only going to have one task. I started asking around and unfortunately, no one had grow lights I could borrow.
I looked them up on Amazon and did a little research. Ultimately, I decided I would go ahead without grow lights and see what happened to my seeds. I knew they were from a trusted seed company and in a sunny-ish place. There isn’t a ton of sun here this time of year so I was hesitant, but hoped for the best.
We have sprouts!
Lo and behold, 7-ish days later, the seeds started to sprout! And not just a few, most pods had at least one sprout, some even more. Once I saw sprouts, I started watering from below by filling the bottom trays with water in addition to watering from the top with the spray bottle. They seem happy and are growing well.
Now just to keep them going til mid-April when I can plant them outside. Fingers crossed.
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