Three ways to start seeds


April 09, 1994|By Donna Erickson | Donna Erickson,King Features Syndicate

Here are three ways to get seedlings started:

1. Save and wash three or four small yogurt containers and poke drainage holes in the bottom. Fill 3/4 -full with potting soil. Poke a hole in the soil in each container and drop in a seed. Mist with water.

2. Place three or four peat pellets (available at garden shops) on a dish and gradually add warm water. When the pellets are fully expanded (about 20 minutes), pour off excess water. Poke a seed in each pellet. Label each pellet.

3. The easiest way to watch seeds sprout is to set each one on damp cotton on the bottom of a clear glass jar. Keep the cotton moist.

Once you have planted the seeds or set them in the jar, cover the containers with a clear plastic bag and set in a dark place until the seeds germinate. Remove the plastic bag and set growing seedlings in a windowsill. Continue to mist so plants won't dry out.

Transplant the seedlings to a pot or your garden when danger of frost is over.

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