If you are new to starting seeds indoors, there are a few problems you might encounter. Here’s what they are, and what to do about it:
My indoor seedlings are keeling over, why?
Learn how to make soil blocks and plant seeds in them, with Tricia from Peaceful Valley Grow Organic.
Some seeds can actually germinate quicker and healthier when supplied with warm soil—obtained usually through a bottom heat source.
In this video Tricia from Peaceful Valley Grow Organic demonstrates the ways to prepare hard-coated seeds for planting.
Seeds with hard outer coats surrounding them (like nasturtium, shown) can be hindered in their ability to germinate because moisture and gases cannot penetrate through the coating. So what do you do? You scarify them.
Seed packets have more seeds than I really need. Can I save some for next year?
I have old packets of seeds. How can I tell if they are still viable?
What do I do if I have a seed packet that doesn’t say when I should start the seeds indoors?
Do the descriptions in seed catalogs have you confused?
A good seed packet should give you much of the info you need to know to grow that plant. Here’s what to look for, and why: