April's Here! Seed Your Pots!

 

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It’s that time again... time to start your seeds indoors and get them germinating!  We’re just over a month away from the last frost date, which means it’s time to get those longer season veg started.
Seeds are the tiny beginnings of so much potential, that can turn into a bounty as the growing season progresses.  It's incredible how one tiny little tomato seed can turn into a massive tomato plant by the end of the season.  Over the winter, seeds lay dormant in their packages or in the soil until it’s time to germinate and blossom again!
What you will need to get your seeds started: 1. Package of cell containers - these can be purchased from any home or garden store.  If you are getting them used or using ones from last season, make sure to wash them out thoroughly with some hydrogen peroxide to get rid of any residue or disease from previous plantings. - If you want to be super cool, you can plant them in egg cartons!
2. Soil - you can’t just use any old soil to plant seeds - so going into your backyard and taking a handful of soil from the earth ain’t gonna cut it.   It will suffocate the young, delicate seedling so go buy seed starting mix!
3. Seeds - how can you start your plants without seeds.  Gather up your seeds from the previous season or go buy some great new ones.  The growing season hasn’t started quite yet in Toronto, so we are planting crops that have a very long growing season.  Now is a good time to get your tomatoes, squash and peppers into your pots.
4. Signs - I can’t even tell you the number of times I have planted tomatoes, forgot to label them, threw out the package and then completely forgot what variety I planted!  Make sure to create some sort of signage around your young seedlings to know who is who.
How to start the germination party? 1. Fill the containers with good potting soil. 2. MAKE LABELS & PLACE THEM IN THE RIGHT SPOT! 3. Poke a pen or your finger into the middle of the container that is filled with soil and drop a seed or two into the hole and cover. 4. Water the seed - but don’t over water, we don’t want it drowning.  The soil should be the consistency of a sponge. 5. Place the containers in a warm, heated area.  I like to place my near the sunny window and create a faux, chic greenhouse for them by wrapping some plastic around them or covering them with a glass box.
Happy Seeding!  Let us know how they grow.