As we all prepare to start or continue our harvest for the year (and what a year it has been at that!), we start to wonder what are the best ways to grow one’s food? What worked for you last year? Or maybe, we want to grow beautiful flowers for our gardens this summer!
Whatever you are trying to grow this season, let’s talk about how to get to the garden we envision!
So the hardest question is…. Where to do I begin???
Well, the answer is quite easy! Start on your own and small! This means: 1) you can grow your own seeds, and 2) start in small pots.
Here is how you can do it!
Let’s start with the germination process of your seedlings!
In the process of germination, there is one strategy I have found very useful and successful… and that is SOAKING SEEDS! I cannot recommend this enough!
If you want to learn more about the process of soaking seeds, check out our process of soaking seeds here.
I have successfully grown seeds using the soaking process as well as directly planting a fresh seed to starter pots. Unfortunately, not all seeds can be soaked.
Lastly, always try to do a little research before you plant ANY seeds. Find out how far they should be planted from each other. Some seeds MUST be sown alone. This is especially true for veggies such as cucumber and squash. Honestly, it is all about allowing these seeds the ability to grow to their fullest potential, always. If you plant more than one seed, for some, there is no room for their roots grow. One plant can suffocate the other(s) or, even worst, they both are stunted and do not grow much at all.
You also need to make sure that where you grow the seedlings is the perfect place for them to germinate and/or grow. If you want to know in where is the best places to grow your garden, check out our list here.
Starting your seed is half the battle so, I always start in small pots.
One of the pots I have used are starter pots. There is a huge variety to pick from out there and the ones I have been using can be found here.
Here are my pros and cons to these tiny little pots…
- They are biodegradable! This means two things. The first most important thing is that you can seriously just plants the small pot into a bigger pot when you are transferring the plant. It will deteriorate once you start watering and the roots will come out into the new soil. Secondly, if you have to throw them away, you do not need to feel bad about putting one more thing in the dump that will last forever, like plastic. Instead, you can rest assure these pots will go back into the grown safely. Super eco-friendly product!
- Seedlings grow so fast! These little pots are the perfect size for seeds to grow because there is the perfect amount of soil to grow in. Sometimes if you plant in a bigger pot, the soil is too abundant and you run the risk of overwatering. This can lead to mold and root rot.
- Like I mentioned before, transferring is so much easier and less messy! You literally just insert the pot into the bigger pot.
- Since they are so small, it gives room to grow more seeds. This means you have more chances of germinating more plants for your growing garden!
- White mold at the bottom of the pot
- Green mold on the sides of the pot
- Very sensitive pots that must not be crowded with one another.
- You need to place these pots on furniture that will allow for drainage. A table or flat surface allows for water to sit at the bottom of the pot and mold. There needs to good airflow all around the pot.
- Do not overwater these pots, they will come apart if you overdo it. There is so many things that can go wrong for your growing plants if you overwater. To learn more about overwatering here [COMING SOON].
- Always make sure to transfer seedlings before sunrise or after sunset. The seedlings are already moody from being transferred so you do not want the sun to be too harsh on them.
- Make sure the season is right for the plant. If you live in a all-year sunny state like I do, I have a harder time growing vegetables and flowers that require cooler weather. This does not mean I do not try. It just means you need to make sure you put your growing plants in shady areas for the best results. But, I know that my veggies especially would be more productive if I lived in a state that all four seasons available. On the other hand, I can grow a lot of plants throughout the year consistently because of the availability of the sun where I live.
- The same way you need to be careful from overwatering, you also need to make sure the sun is not too harsh on your seedlings. You do not want them to get sunburned. The odds of them surviving at such early stages are slim. If the plants is shriveling, make sure you have moist soil and move the plant to a shaded area.
- Try your best to check your plants at least once a day. I try to check my plants twice or three times a day. I check them in the early morning to see if the place I left them overnight were good for them or not. I check them again before noon to make sure plants that need to be protected from the sun are in shaded area. Other plants look for the sun and become stringy looking and long. These plants need more sun so put them in places they will get early sun or evening sun. Mid-day sun is the harshest and you need to protect ALL of your plants from being sunburned.
- I do use a greenhouse to start my plants. Once they start sprouting, I start to be more attentive to their needs. They may not like the sun being so strong, so some seedlings can go outside for the day in shady places and then back to the greenhouse for the night. But make sure that your greenhouse is not too moist in the mornings. If this is the case, it is not letting your plants breathe and their soil may be too wet which results in mold. If your greenhouse had windows or zip-up doors, leave them a bit open so air can always come in. If it is too cold, closing your greenhouse completely should be just fine. This can lead to frost.
I love using these little pots! They are perfect for starting your seeds!!
The only biggest issue for me is the mold. You need to make sure these pots have enough room to air out. This is such an easy fix though!
I hope this helps! Let us know your experience with these tiny pots! Have they worked for you? Anything we did not mention? We would love to hear from you!