Here are some tricks to successfully build your seedbed.
- Trays with alveoli
1 – Check that it is the best time to sow
The sachets of seeds normally report a graph in which the producer specifies the season for the cultivation of each variety. In fact, the temperature can totally condition the germination of the seeds.
For this, it may help to use an electric germinator, which will create the necessary conditions to speed up the process.
Normally you can prepare your seedbed in trays with alveoli, or in jars prepared for the purpose. The seeds are so small that it is easier to keep them under control in this way.
Imagine the seeds (such as those in the photo) scattered in the immensity of the earth, in the vegetable garden or in the garden. How could we be sure that what is being born is salad and not something else?
2 – Use specific or, at least, new soil
Even if you could use the soil from your garden or pots, it is recommended to start the process with new soil, this way we can make sure that it does not contain any pathogen that could make the newborn seedlings sick.
The soil for seedbeds is normally very light precisely to facilitate the growth of small roots.
3 – Fill without crushing
We used to crush the soil while filling the seedbeds, compacting it (unconsciously, probably to make it stay longer).
Instead, it is better to fill your seedbed with potting soil and arrange it with a few taps to maintain its softness.
4 – Sow the seeds superficially
It is forbidden to sink your finger and drop the seeds. They may be born, but they will not be able to reach the surface because they still do not have the strength to do it.
Most of the seeds at birth begin to form the roots and the first leaves with which it receives light. Thanks to this they will be able to start to carry out photosynthesis, on which their diet is based.
If buried more than necessary, these extra centimeters turn into a tremendous depth, to which they very often cannot survive.
Don’t forget to label your sowings!
If you use a tray seedbed, don’t forget to somehow mark what you sowed in each position. In this way, you will know which plants are being born.
5 – The irrigation of your seedbed
Avoid wetting the seeds with a watering can, as you may bury the seeds more than necessary. A vaporizer is usually the best solution to keep the soil moist and promote germination.
6 – How to treat newly sprouted seeds
In order to germinate a seed, it is important that two basic conditions occur: the first is a rather constant humidity level and the second is a suitable temperature. For this reason, we recommend preparing your seedbed at home, where it will be easier to keep these conditions under control.
Wet the seeds (almost) every day, because with the internal heat they usually lose humidity, but avoid flooding them with water, as you could favor the birth of mushrooms.
If it is your first time, we advise you to place them in the kitchen, in the living room or in the place where you go every day so as not to forget to take a look and check how they proceed.
7 – The importance of light
The moment you see the first shoots appear, it is important to give them a lot of light, so that they can begin to carry out the photosynthesis process that we have already talked about.
You can place your seedbed in front of a window where the sun shines, or put it on the balcony during the day.
To protect the sprouts from the cold you can put them in a greenhouse or use a seedbed with a lid. Don’t forget to bring them back home overnight, as freezing or a drastic drop in temperatures could damage them.
And if it seems difficult, you can always buy the seedlings!
The process of germinating your seeds is very rewarding although it can be difficult for some people. Watering and checking every day, taking the seedbeds out during the day and putting them in the house at night, can become a problem for some people who may not have the time.
This is why you can choose to buy seedlings directly.
Someone else has already taken care of the work for you and the plant will have the appropriate dimensions to transplant it outside: in your garden or garden.
But be careful: always check what is the most suitable period to transplant your plant outside before proceeding.