Four Season Garden #3: Starting Seeds

Whether you have a large garden, or just want to start a pot of herbs to cook with, here are some basics for starting seeds.


  • growing containers (peat pots, clay pot, yogurt/cottage cheese containers)
  • plastic dish/saucer
  • sterilized potting soil
  • seeds
  • watering can
  • misting bottle
  • sheet of plastic

1. Make sure the containers you are using are clean and have drainage holes in the bottom.

2. Place the container on the plastic dish, then fill with potting soil. Pat the soil down.

3. Use watering can to moisten the soil, making sure it begins to drip out of the bottom of the container.

4. Look at the information on the back of the seed packet. Look for "number of days to germinate" and "planting depth." If you are planning to transplant these plants into the garden, also note your growing zone and when it is safe to plant in the garden.

5. Sprinkle a few of the seeds on top of the soil, then sprinkle with additional soil, making sure the seed is covered up per the planting depth noted on the seed packet. Pat the soil down to set the seeds. (If you are planting multiple containers of seeds, you will want to mark the container or use a plant marker so you know the type of the seed in the container.)

6. Use the misting bottle to wet the seeds. Place the piece of plastic on top and place indoors where the temperature is warm.

7. Each day, each to make sure there is water in the saucer and also mist the seeds. Moisture and warmth are key to seeds germinating.

8. Once the seeds sprout, take off the plastic an place the container in a well lit window. Continue to check for moisture each day.

Plants in Cindy's Garden:

- Evergreen Pear Tree (great for zones 9, 10, & 11)

 Lily of the Valley (great for zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8)

Freesias (great for zones 8, 9 & 10)