A Simple Beginner's Guide to Starting Seeds Indoors

If you're new to seed starting, this foolproof beginner's guide to starting seeds indoors will take you step by step from seed to harvest, quickly and easily.

You don't need any fancy gear or grow lights to get started, and you can even upcycle small containers to put your seeds in.

All that's needed is a sunny window, a basic seed-starting mix, and something underneath your pots to catch drips.

Gather your seed starting supplies.


– Seeds – Seed starting pots or cell trays – Plant markers – Seed starting mix – Seed tray with humidity dome  – Spray bottle or squirt bottle filled      with water


Fill your pots or trays with seed starting mix.

Dump your seed starting mix into a large tub or bucket, pour in a generous amount of water, and stir it up with your hands or a trowel.


Sow your seeds.

Place two to four seeds on the surface of the seed starting mix, and gently press the seeds down so they’re nestled in nicely.


Label your newly planted seeds.

Label each pot. Trust me, you will never remember what you planted where, as most seedlings look the same at birth.


Keep your seeds moist and warm.

Mist your seeds with water. Assemble your pots in a seed tray (or reuse a disposable aluminum roasting pan, a baking pan, even that plastic clamshell that your salad greens came in) and cover with a humidity dome (or just plain old plastic wrap).

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