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how did you sprout

Looking to replant a metal raised garden bed but don't know how to start?

Don't worry, sprouting from seed doesn't have to be as daunting as you might think. Growing plants from seed offers more variety than buying plants from the store, as many nurseries have limited options; here are the basic guidelines you need to know to grow a variety of beautiful plants from seed:

germination

Novice gardeners want to make this process as easy as possible, so you need to take a few steps to ensure your garden is successful, starting with making sure your seeds are fresh, preferably less than two years old.

Step 1: You can test the seeds by sprouting the seeds with a paper towel, moistening the paper towel and letting the excess water drain from the paper towel for a minute or so; place the towel on a clean, flat surface and place the seeds evenly side. Fold the paper towel in half and place it in a plastic bag with a few drops of water on the bottom. Keep your bag in a warm place out of direct sunlight. Wait three days, then take out the bag and see how many seeds have germinated to determine the survival rate of your seeds.

Step 2: Pick plants that sprout easily, such as broccoli, lettuce, onions, and peppers. Tomatoes and basil are simple seeds. Not only are these two easy to germinate and grow, but they also look beautiful when planted together. Basil enhances the flavor of tomato plants and keeps pests away.

container

You can start seeds in almost any container, as long as the container is 2-3 inches deep and has drainage holes. You can even use old applesauce or yogurt containers as long as they're clean and have holes in the bottom. Always try to reuse containers from previous years; it can save you money and reduce the amount of plastic waste that goes into the environment after disposal.

tons of transplants

Now that your seeds have germinated, it's time to start growing and ready to plant them in metal raised garden beds filled with high-quality soil.

Step 1: Make sure your plants stay moist, but don't overwater. Keep the soil in the garden bed moist. To provide your seedlings with the right amount of water, spray the plants with a spray bottle.

Step 2: Give the seedlings 12 to 15 hours of light, using grow bulbs and timers if necessary.

Step 3: If your metal raised garden beds are placed outdoors, you will need to acclimate them to their new environment. Put it in a cool place first, 2-3 hours a day. Slowly increase the amount of time your plants spend outdoors during the week, and plant them when the weather is right. Timing is critical to the health of your plants, so do some research on the best time to move your plants to a new metal raised garden bed. Your new seedlings will save you money and ultimately produce a higher quality product.