If you’re getting ready to start seeds for heirloom tomatoes (or any other seed), you need to make sure that you buy something that has “seed-starting mix” in its title. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, we used Pro-Mix and Espoma seed starter mix for our seedlings. Potting soil doesn’t cut it if you’re looking to start seeds. If you’re a composter, you can use compost for seed-starting mix as well.
To start seeds you want to make sure your seed-starting mix is wet using warm water. If you’re planning to plant a bunch of seeds, put some of your mix in a big pan or pot for easy access. Fill your containers or flats with the seed-starting mix and then put your seeds on top. Cap it off with more seed-starting mix that is also moist.
If you can create a set-up for your newly planted seedlings, it is best to water from the bottom. This allows the plants to draw up the water, which makes them hardier and prevents overwatering.
Now I have to admit if it weren’t for Cara, our garden may have been squash-less this year. I have a dozen or so quart jars full of squash from last year’s CSA experience. I can honestly say that I was squashed out. However, for the good of the garden, I decided we needed squash. Plus, Cara told me how much she liked squash. And you’ll soon find out what Cara thinks, happens 99.99% of the time. And that’s okay because she knows 99.99% more about gardening than me.
So I planted squash seeds today in the reused fibrous egg cartons. I used the same pro-mix and capping mix as before. I also filled them with pro-mix the day before planting and watered them well before planting. Always a must if you’re starting your own seeds.