5 Things You Need to Start Your Seeds Indoors

Author Kimberlee Bastien shares the five most important ingredients for starting healthy seedlings indoors.

| February/March 2019

Starting your seeds indoors can give you a jump-start on the season.

Readers, this is the first of 12 basic homestead skills we’ll be presenting throughout the year from Kimberlee Bastien’s new book 52 Homestead Skills. We invite you to join Kimberlee and her family on their journey to self-sufficiency. Visit www.MotherEarthNews.com to learn more about this series.

 Watching a tomato seedling slowly push up through the soil and reach toward the light is truly magical. That one tiny seedling will eventually produce pounds of irresistible tomatoes.

Seed starting is a great way to save money compared with purchasing starts. For roughly the price of one plant, you can purchase a whole package of seeds. Plus, you’ll have a wide selection to choose from when ordering seeds from catalogs. To start your own seeds, you’ll first need to gather some supplies.


Containers. Your local garden store will likely sell seed-starting trays, but you can also reuse any old plastic container. I saved family-sized yogurt containers for years, which made perfect planters to start larger vegetables. Punch a few holes into the bottom of your container, and place the lid underneath to catch any runoff. This will prevent your soil from staying too damp and growing mold.

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