Updated: Mar 25, 2020
Staying home to help curb the spread of COVID-19 means it's important to find activities that will help us pass the time productively. With springtime just around the corner, starting seeds indoors can be just the thing to keep young and old feeling purposeful.
When it comes to starting seeds indoors, you are only limited by the growing conditions your plants will be in once you transfer seedlings outdoors or to larger pots indoors. The most popular types of seeds you'll find when shopping online are for vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, or native plants that support local wildlife and pollinators.
"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul." - Luther Burbank
Have fun choosing plants that will grow food for yourself or others (of any species!), fill your home with bold and fragrant blooms, or simply because you think they are interesting, beautiful, or rare. Most online seed retailers have great search tools that will help you select seeds based on a wide set of parameters. Make sure you are accounting for your hardiness zone, light and water requirements, and mature size of the plant. It's also worth researching if the plants you want to grow will transplant well, as some species are best sown directly in the soil.
Design your space
Unless you are starting seeds that will turn into houseplants, the very first step is to plan your outdoor space. You will need to estimate how many plants it will take to fill your garden or raised bed. Once you have the magic number then you can plan the space needed to start your seeds. Take into consideration how much space you can set apart for plants and supplies. Always make sure to stock a few extras in case some of your seedlings don't take off and you need to start over. If you are totally new to planting, maybe a kit is a good place to start because it has all the critical items you will need to get going.
“How deeply seated in the human heart is the liking for gardens and gardening.” - Alexander Smith
Seed starting is a wonderful activity that is easy and a great way to get excited about spring and the growing season ahead. If you need more in-depth information about seed starting, check out this guide from the Seed Savers Exchange. At Via Flora Landscapes we want to share our love of plants and gardens with everyone. Contact us today if you need help expert help planning your DIY garden or designing your home landscape. Happy planting!