Simple Seed Planting Instructions

Written by Donna Kinerd

I use the method below for most all seeds but, it is always good to do an Internet search for the type of seed you are planting and get the opinion of the experts. Most vegetable seeds are planted directly into the ground.

I find that some have instructions that are so time consuming and costly that it is discouraging.  Most of the time the simple method below works for me.   Not every seed that is planted is going to germinate regardless of the method you use.

  • I use fresh potting soil, small pots (4″) or other small containers that have holes for good drainage.
    • Plastic cups also work well.
  • I soak most seeds for a few hours or over night.
  • Before I plant the seeds, I thoroughly wet the potting soil then let it drain for a few minutes.
    • Check to see that all of the soil is wet.
  • Plant seeds and cover with about 1/2 inch of soil.
  • Put in a sunny spot and water as often as needed to keep the soil damp at all times but, not soggy.
    • At least once a day, if it is real hot maybe twice per day.
    • Use a soft spray so that the seeds are not uncovered.
    • Water until the water starts to drain out the bottom of the pot.
  • Make sure to label each pot.
    • I use strips cut from old PVC mini-blinds as labeling sticks and write the name of the plant on it with a #2 pencil.
      • It will stay readable for up to a year maybe longer.
        • A permanent  marker will wash off very quickly.
      • Pop cycle sticks also work.
  • Most seeds germinate within a week to 10 days.

In most cases seeds are very small and I put more than one seed per pot.  Once the seedlings are well established, I separate them into separate pots.

As the plants grow they will need to be transferred into larger pots or into the ground.

It is so much fun to see the first sign of plant life.  It is amazing how fast they grow.  Have fun!