I couldn’t wait any longer and started the garden season with a whole lot of seeds in my kitchen… It is very likely way too early for this project, since it only is february and we live in Norway…. but I couldn’t help myself when we suddenly got spring-like temperatures and even could hear the snow melting away… I love the drops of water falling from our roof!
As you can see the beans even came up already, they’re growing way too fast and I am honestly a bit nervous about what to do with them when they outgrow their small pots in a few weeks. There might still be snow outside… But who knows, we might get lucky and get an early spring too. And otherwise I guess we’ll keep a vegetablegarden in our kitchen for the time being.
I’ve done this indoors pre-sowing for a few years now with various results. I’m very excited about this again and I always like to read up on some tips before getting started. I’ll share these here with you:
1.Use good soil
Such an important one! We bought a cheap soil for our houseplants a while ago, and boy do I regret that! We had to repot some plants and I am quite sure this also is the reason for some of my baby spiderplants dying.
For this project we purchased a soil especially for seedlings. This type has more sand in it, in order to make sure the soil doesn’t get too wet (and moldy). It is in fact LESS nutricious (yet a bit more expensive) then normal soil. The expenses are well worth it cause this is creating the foundation of your new vegetable plants and you’ll want those to be healthy and nourished properly, right?
I know you can make your own soil, which probably is especially interesting when you make your own compost. Unfortunatly we don’t do that yet. Also it is very convenient to be able to just buy the soil and use our energy on this project instead.
2. Make sure there’s enough light
Last year my tomatoplants were all quite leggy and that’s why I decided to get some help from a growlamp this year. As for now I’ve taken the beans away from the lamp, but the tomatoes are still under there. Hopefully this will help to get sturdy plants.
If you don’t have a growlamp you should definitely have your seedlings right next to your window. I also think you should turn them every now and then to make sure they don’t grow crooked. I’ve read about reflecting the sunlight with aluminiums foil placed behind the plants, but I have to admit that I’ve never tried that myself. it sounds like it could work though. The instructions were to cover a box (open towards the window and the upside) with the foil and place the seeds inside. There will be a lot of light that way. And that’s the main thing, you want to give the seeds/seedlings as much light as you have available.
3. Pretend they’re outside
When the seeds/seedlings grow outside, in their own natural environment, they are getting used to wind, rain and direct sunlight. If you plan to keep your plants outside later on, you should pretend to be nature every now and then, to make sure your plants get stronger. That means run your hand over the leaves of your little plants, and pretend they get some rain from a spraybottle 🙂
I’ve actually done this on the full grown tomato-plants in my greenhouse before. That was in order to mimic the wind and stimulate polination. It did seem to work back then, although I don’t know what would’ve happened if I didn’t do it. But I’ll give it a go on my seedlings this year as well.
You will eventually also have to let your plants get used to the real nature before planting them outside. You can do this by keeping them outside for a few hours before you plant them outside. Then extending this outside-time with a few hours every day. Finally you can plant them in their new home outside after a week or so.
So, when will you start your garden season? Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration to get started with your seedlings too. I’m sure it will give you a lot of pleasure to be able to see the small seeds develop into plants. If you need any more reasons to start growing your own vegetables you can read about that here.