It’s Planting Time: Start Seeding Indoors!
Even though winter months have just barely begun, for gardeners, it’s time to start thinking about spring! Growing plants from seeds is an exciting and fulfilling undertaking. If you haven’t done it before, Glover Nursery is here to help. Utah gardeners now’s the time to start your seeds inside (also known as seeding indoors). We’ve got you covered with all the tips and tricks (& seeds!).
One of the best benefits of growing from seed is that you have more options than you do when you transplant. If you’re looking to grow a lot, it’s typically cheaper too. You can start all sorts of seeds indoors, including broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, lettuce, and tomatoes to name a few favorites here at the nursery. As for vegetable gardening, seeds that have a slower root development, like cauliflower, eggplant, and peppers, also benefit from being started indoors. But it doesn’t have to stop at vegetables! We have a HUGE selection of seeds from veggies to fruits to plants and flowers for your garden. Visit our Utah garden center to see the entire range of hundreds of choices.
You may also check out: How to Plant Seeds for a Home Herb Garden
How to Get Started Planting Seeds Indoors?
- First, you’ll want to decide exactly what you want to grow. You can visit our nursery or read through seed catalogs for inspiration. Some questions to ask yourself are what does your family love to eat? What does your family NOT like to eat? How much sun do you have available? How much space do you have for gardening? These questions will help you narrow down the variety of seeds you pick. We’ve all been in a checkout line with 15 seed packets for our aspirational and smart gardens and nowhere to really plant them.
- Once you have your list, choose your containers for your indoor plant. You can opt for traditional seed flats or trays, but we have also seen some very creative upcycling ideas such as egg cartons and yogurt cups. Depending on what you have laying around the house or containers you have an excess of, you can use those!
- Next, you’ll want to do this VERY important step. Before you get to planting, label your containers! It can be such a pain to later realize you don’t know what a certain plant grows once it has started sprouting.
- Fill the containers you have chosen with an all-purpose potting mix or seed compost. With your fingers, make a shallow hole (the ideal depth should be listed on your seed packet as well as any other pre-planting needs the seeds may have). Then press the seed into the hole and add some extra soil on top. Repeat with each container.
- Moisten your seedlings with water, don’t use too much or too little. A tool such as a turkey baster can be used to make sure you’re watering the correct amount.
- Finally, cover the trays loosely with plastic or something clear and waterproof and poke holes in it to keep your plants from drying out too quickly.
You can refer to this planting calendar for the ideal planting time for your seeds.
Other useful links: Seasonal Tips: Seeding for spring
Watch Your Garden Seeds Grow
Keep your pots moist and check them regularly. Once you start to see sprouts, move the containers to a light source like a window or indoor grow lights, if you have them. If you place them by a window, make sure to regularly rotate your containers so the plants are getting equal amounts of light. Keep making sure you are not over or under watering your plants.
Signs of Overwatering: Yellow wilting leaves, mold or mildew, stunted growth.
Signs of Underwatering: Soil pulling away from the container, brown drying leaves.
With a little bit of TLC, you’ll have healthy sprouts in no time, and come spring you can plant them in their more permanent home: your garden! If you ever have any questions about growing seeds or any other gardening matter, reach out on social media, give us a call, or even better come and see us at our nursery and garden center in West Jordan, Utah.