It’s mid-February, and many of us are thinking about or are already doing something about this years spring garden. Now is a good time to begin gathering the supplies that you will need to get started indoors. Why not challenge yourself this year and germinate your own seeds indoors? I know that it is entirely easy to just wait and buy the young vegetable plants in the store, but, learning the ins and outs of starting your own seedlings indoors will be a valuable and possibly life-saving skill should the SHTF.
It’s not as easy as you might think. Seeds and young seedlings need particular tender-loving-care, and without it they will surely fail.
The seeds need healthy, disease-free soil to germinate. Here is an article how to pasteurize your own soil, perfect for starting seeds.
The seeds/soil need moisture to germinate. Not too much, not too little. Here is an article suggesting to use covered trays to germinate your seeds.
The seeds/soil need to be kept warm enough to germinate. You can place the seed trays near a warm source of heat keeping them between 70-80 degrees, or you can purchase a heat mat to keep your seeds warm.
Once the seeds germinate and begin to grow into little seedlings, it is very important that they get lots of sunlight. A lack of light will cause their stems to become thin and wiry, which will eventually lead to sudden-death when the seedlings fall over from their own weight and fold their stems near the thin base. Here is an article suggesting to use a grow light for your seedlings.
It is not uncommon to start seeds indoors, 2-months early, while transplanting them once from their seedling trays when they are ready, to a larger set of seedling pots until they are entirely ready to be trained to go outdoors.
Another great idea is to use heirloom seeds rather than hybrid seeds. Here is an article that explains about heirloom seeds. Growing heirloom variety plants may have some disadvantages such as being more prone to their natural diseases, but you should learn how to deal with that because the rewards for heirloom variety plants are the resulting seeds that can be used over and over indefinitely whereas hybrids cannot. In a SHTF scenario, the hybrid seeds will vanish, leaving only the heirloom varieties for ongoing production. Plus, they taste just like your grandparents vegetables!
Growing your own vegetable plants from scratch is a lot of fun, and is very rewarding (at least it is for me). For you city-dwellers, all hope is not lost. Consider growing a small container garden, as exemplified in this article including a video from yours-truly as well as a guest appearance by my little dog, Sampson, at around 7 minutes in as well as him showing off at the very end.
So, what are you waiting for? Lets get going with your indoor planning for your outdoor vegetable garden this year!
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