Three Reasons to Begin Your Garden in a Seed Sprouting Kit

Germinating and growing the first seeds of the year before the final frost is a great way to get a jump on the growing season.

Seed sprouting kit
It doesn’t take much to begin growing a lot of seeds in a small place.Burpee

Your favorite “fire in the hole” hot sauce recipe calls for pepper varieties your local nursery has never heard of. Or maybe you’ve been wanting to try growing those heirloom tomatoes that taste so good. Starting your seeds from scratch is a great way to know exactly what you’re growing, with the added benefit of controlling the medium in which they’re grown, ensuring the only additives are those you want. For best results, choose a seed starting kit that lets you manage temperature, humidity, and light.

Temperature

10-Pack Seed Trays Seedling Starter Tray
This seed starting kit includes a dome with adjustable vent to control humidity.MIXC

All seeds have a temperature range within which the highest percentage will germinate. Seed temperature germination charts are available online or the seed packets, with optimum temperatures for some higher than room temperature. For best results, use a heating pad when starting seeds requiring higher germination temps.

Humidity & Water

Super Sprouter Premium Propagation Kit with Heat Mat
This product includes a heating pad to raise germination temperatures.Super Sprouter

Regulating the amount of water and resultant humidity is another important factor. Too much water and the seeds will rot or the seedlings will damp off. Too little and the seeds won’t germinate, or the seedlings will die.

Light

Burpee 72 Cell Seed Starting Greenhouse Kit
This popular product should be used with supplemental grow lights.Burpee

While light is not needed for seed germination, it is required for seedlings to grow. Fluorescent grow lighting or LED grow lights are preferred, but regular fluorescent lights or even natural light will do if there is enough of it. The key is to keep the seedlings from getting leggy.