Here are some thoughts on how you can start your seedlings indoors.

First, gather the essentials. Light, soil, water, heat and a warm, moist environment.

Bright light is important for the seeds. I use a bright plant light found off a website to provide the seeds what they need. It is the Hydroponic Full Spectrum CFL Grow Light Bulb 60 Watt Bulb 5500K H60 and it works amazingly. It provides a good coverage and the bulb, while very long, fits into your standard size lamp. I use one with a flexible neck and aim it towards the seedlings.

Warm, greenhouse type environment. The seeds should be enclosed in a clear material to keep moisture and warmth inside. The seeds need the warmer temperature to sprout. I use a plastic container from the grocery store. I think it had croissants in it at one point. I just washed it and put the seedlings inside.


Soil. Try using seed starting soil. The important thing is a light soil that holds moisture but allows the small seeds the ability to push through and grow. Hold off on fertilizer until a couple leaves have come out.

The medium to hold the soil and seed. Easily found in any garden store, you can get these small, made for seedlings, decompostable pots. I decided to go with recycling my newspapers and built seed pots. I practiced some origami techniques to create a small pot using just the paper.  Another method is to use toilet paper rolls. Slide the bottom in 4 equal sides to allow you to bend it into an enclosed toilet paper seed pot.


Purchase a seed starting set: many places and websites sell a seed starting kit that you can try out. This is very convenient and can include all the pots you need, a heating pad to place under the system to keep the seeds warm, and the greenhouse type of environment.

I hope this post is helpful to those out there wanting to start seeds indoors.