Success with Seeds
Seed Struggles: Common Mistakes
When to Start Seeds
As a rule of thumb, a later start is better as our springs have been rather cool and wet the past few years. When the weather warms up to consistent day temperatures of 10°C, many seeds, like peas, broad beans, radishes and onions, can be sown directly outdoors into your garden.
I’m also convinced that you need a cool, well-lit area in which to place your young seedlings during the early stages of growth. Adjustable Power Smart lighting, adjustable heat and circulating fans (to help prevent fungal issues) are also important.
How to Germinate Seeds
Many seed catalogues indicate the best temperature each variety needs for maximum germination, and the easiest way to achieve that temperature is with a heating mat. They may not be cheap, but they are a worthwhile investment if you are planning to continue sowing indoors in the future.
Your greatest challenge will be to keep all your seedlings short and compact before they go into the garden. High light, moderate watering and cooler temperatures will help you achieve just that.
There is a lot of satisfaction in growing your own plants from seed, but germination takes a good deal of care and attention. Seeds contain a little magic, and like a good magician, we must learn our craft well to help them perform to our expectations.