A couple weeks ago, Patrick and I were at Lowe's looking at grills and we bought some seeds to plant. I tried this a couple years ago, but I was unsuccessful. For Christmas last year my dad got me this seed growing set, so over the weekend I set out again to start our vegetable and herb garden from seeds. This year we decided to plant these vegetables and herbs: roma tomatoes, early girl tomatoes, grape tomatoes, peppers, jalapenos, onions, carrots, dill, basil, thyme, rosemary and cilantro. I started all the seeds indoors except carrots.
Here are my supplies: the 72 count tray, popsicle sticks, gardening gloves and seed starting soil. I also used a spoon to scoop the dirt into the tray holes.
Before I put any soil in the trays, I premoistened the soil. This way you don't have to add water after you have planted your seeds and risk drowning them.
I then filled the holes according to the directions on each package. Most of my vegetables and herbs said to plant the seeds with 1/4 inch of dirt on top, so I filled the holes so there was a 1/4 inch unfilled on top. Before I added the seeds I labeled all my popsicle sticks and put them in the tray. I then added one or two seeds to each opening. And finally I added soil on top of the seeds until it was flush with the top of the tray.
Here is the tray with all the openings filled and the contents labeled.
This is the heat mat that came with my seed starting kit. It is supposed to keep the temperature consistent.
And this is how my little seedlings look currently. They are just trapped under this plastic dome trying to sprout.
Since I am obviously not an expert in growing seeds I used this article on Weekend Gardener to guide me through the process. I will keep you updated on my progress.