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how to germinate seeds

One of the first processes of seed germination is called imbibition. This is when the seeds “drink water.” By imbibing water into the seed, it starts off and even speeds up the metabolic processes need to make the seeds sprout and grow. If you’re starting learning how to germinate seeds in water, you can achieve the best results with an avocado seed (hello, guacamole!).

Germinating seeds indoors and outdoors is incredibly easy. Really, I couldn’t emphasize that enough. 🙂 In fact, you have many options on how to do that. Just check out this list:

1. How To Germinate Seeds In Water

One of the main reasons why you should seriously consider sprouting seeds is carton is biodegradability. You don’t have to worry about throwing the cartons away once you’re ready to move the seeds to their pots. If you lack muffin trays, you can grow seeds in egg trays instead. Fill them with soil and spray some water, and you’re good to go. Another option is to use eggshells. Cut them in half, fill them with soil, and add a minuscule amount of water. Then place the eggshells in the tray.

If you’re looking for more room to plant many seeds, then I suggest you get the tin cans. They’re wide and deep you may no longer need to move the plants to pots anymore. I love the look of tin cans as is, but if you want to be artsy, you can spray paint them with bold, lively colors.

There you have it, my fellow homesteaders! Here are 5 ways on how to germinate seeds the easiest and fastest way possible. Many of the things you need are found in your home, so all you need is some creativity and imagination, and you can make the process even more fun.

Wondering whether your garden seeds will sprout? You can eliminate some of the wait time by pre-germinating seeds. Pre sprouting seeds germinates seeds before planting. This saves time, eliminates thinning, and conserves space.

About half the old seeds sprouted, and the rest were duds. I planted the sprouted seeds and watched the seedlings carefully to see if they would grow. I didn’t expect much from them, but they did grow into healthy transplants that were eventually planted into the garden.

Benefits of Pre-Sprouting Seeds

I had pepper seeds that were several years old. I hated to throw the package away without checking to see if they were still good. I checked the viability of the seeds by doing a seed germination test.

Whether you are new to growing your own food or have been growing a vegetable garden for years, you will benefit from some planning each year. You will find everything you need to organize and plan your vegetable garden in my PDF eBook, Grow a Good Life Guide to Planning Your Vegetable Garden.

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Timing: You should be using a custom seed starting calendar that maps out what seeds to start when based on your average last frost date.

This chart lists the optimal soil temperature for each vegetable.

Tips for How to Germinate Seeds for Seed Starting

If the temperature is too cold, pepper and tomato seeds may take up to three weeks or more to germinate. (Happened to me!)

Don’t use this mat with seeds like lettuce or onions because you may make the soil too hot for them to germinate well. (Been there, done that…)

Days to germination: This will give you an idea of when you can expect the seeds to start poking up through the soil. Most vegetables germinate between 7-14 days.