Sunday, May 8, 2011

Plantin' Time

It's that time of the year folks, spring is here and it's time to officially start your gardenin'.

[Howto] germinate your seeds:

For starters, your seeds should be less than 2 years old.  You will need a starting medium, specifically a wet paper towel works very well, and a container that can retain moisture.  In our case a ziploc bag will work just fine.  The reason to use a soil-less starting medium is to insure that the seeds and seedlings are not killed by too much salt, which is usually found in soil or various soil-less mixes.  The key when using paper towel is to transfer the babies just after they have had a chance to break the hull of the seed and begin to form a stem. The perfect time to transplant is when the seeds have 2 visible leaves forming.  There are 3 key factors to germination: moisture, heat, and salinity.  Sunlight is not a key factor to germinating seeds due to the fact that you are attempting to imitate a wet underground environment. 

If you use this process you will be able to germinate nearly any seed, and save money on going to the plant store. 

So get out there and start plantin!

1 comment:

  1. I've planted some stuff, can't remember what though.