How to Use Peat Pellet Kits for Seed Starting Cucumbers, Tomatoes & Peppers: No Grow-Lights Needed!

This is part of my 2020 seed starting series. I show you how to set up and use compressed peat pellet kits to start cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers. I discuss a no grow-light method and if you use grow-lights, how you can best use them. I also discuss when to start cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers indoors and why.

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50 Comments

  1. Curbside Builds on March 25, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Great video!!

  2. Journey to Home Sweet Home on March 25, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Thank you for this video. Do you wait until the wet peat pellets cool from the boiling water before you place the seeds in them? Thanks.

  3. Michael Pallini on March 25, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    I have a dilemma as a new gardener. I just seeded Cucumbers and Goji’s a week ago under grow lights before I learned not to do it too early from last frost date. Do you have any suggestions on how to keep the sprouts going "alive" till planting outdoors?

  4. Ma Rich on March 25, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    how often do you water

  5. Metro Garden Seeds on March 25, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    👍

  6. Chepe Mando on March 25, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    What about watering? How often and how much (average)

  7. Michael Pallini on March 25, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Does the boiling water hurt "diminish" the nutrients?

  8. nasir pierce on March 25, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    How often do you water the seed starter

  9. I am the best on March 25, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Hi can i use this method to germinate flower seeds too?

  10. Caleb Rutherford on March 25, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    I’m guessing they have to cool down first, before I plant the seeds in them, right?

  11. Dewi O’brien on March 25, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    How long to give them water?

  12. Ivy Joy Maniquiz on March 25, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    beginner here … if i bring them out should it be under direct sunlight or not?

  13. mdizzle_25 on March 25, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    How does one water these after the seeds sprout, I’m having trouble 😅. Seems like it’s not as easy as a conventional seed cells I’ve had luck with in the past

  14. Cory Furlong on March 25, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Hey Gary – what grow lights would you recommend for new seedlings vs. once they’re more established? Thanks!

  15. See Pranee on March 25, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks you so much for very good idea

  16. Kyle Canupp on March 25, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Awesome awesome video! Very informative and knowledgable information. Thank you!!

  17. Asanka Sanjeewa on March 25, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Did you use any liquid fertilizer..?

  18. Pamela Pruett on March 25, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Video was awesome but it would have been nice if you would have gone into watering, how to water it, how much to water and how frequently to water it

  19. Randy Smith on March 25, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    I’ve never started seeds indoors and never used the peat pods, so this video was very informative. Will you tell me how to water these trays please? From the top or in the tray to be absorbed from the bottom up? Also, approximately how wet to keep them and approximately how often will they need water? Thanks again for a very helpful video!

  20. Cecil Brown on March 25, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    The small pellets work great for hydro starts,just peel off the net.

  21. Meio Médio on March 25, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    The ads are germinating on this one

  22. Lynds915 on March 25, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    What does it mean when you say thin them to a single plant? I’m new to this! Also, do you have any tips for the white webs that I seem to get daily over some of my pods? Is that fungus?

  23. Daniala McQuarrie on March 25, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    thank you for the great information! I am making 40 small garden boxes with a class, and this is who we will start our seeds perfect video!

  24. dongmaster9001 on March 25, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Is it just me or has adds on older youtube videos gotten worse?

  25. Adnan Ansari on March 25, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    how often water require in this process ?

  26. Sislertx on March 25, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    I have had low.germination because im using old.seeds up..and recycling these..or.trying to..my johny jump ups seem to be able to store really.well so ive been transferring tiny seed starts into them

  27. Rebecca Zody on March 25, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    I love the steam!

  28. akatobi2002 on March 25, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    I subscribed as soon as you said you were in MD. Finally someone who has to deal with MD’s dysfunctional weather

  29. John on March 25, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    They look like blood sausages..

  30. Abby Normal on March 25, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    I hope mine take this year every year my garden dies outside. I try too. I d. K. 💔I had a bumper mater crop then my green thumb went away. I mean I had 700 maters. I shared I was thinking I was pro. Every garden since died. 💔

  31. Ghadah Alsub on March 25, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    How long should I keep them in the water??

  32. CHRISTOPHER CARRION on March 25, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    I would love to see a video that shows the whole process from start to finish. The instructions on the back of the box are horrible. Step three says to place in a sunny location after all seeds have sprouted and step five says to harden off plants by placing them in shade outside for several days gradually exposing them to sunlight!

  33. BasementManagement on March 25, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    It’s day 4 now since I’ve done this, the cucumbers were already 2 to 3 inches, tomatoes barely popped out lastnight, still waiting for the bells and jalapeno…. I’m new to this too so hope all goes well

  34. OldGamer 1990 on March 25, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    When should I watering these bad boys?

  35. aluette1 on March 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Looks nice and easy 😂
    But what about fertilization. Is it necessary?

  36. NJA 3 on March 26, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Excellent, very informative.

  37. D Walks on March 26, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Should we water the plants ?

  38. Joe Barrett on March 26, 2021 at 12:06 am

    what an amazing tip to label the trays. I have always failed at this task!

  39. Michael McIlhenny on March 26, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Looks like you didn’t use the lid. Ok to remove my lid? I’ve had it on for 6 days.

  40. doug zale on March 26, 2021 at 12:08 am

    I found the plastic on the outside does not allow roots to grow through it.

  41. Lar on March 26, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Thank you. I have had green and white mold before and I was very concerned. I was wondering about the netting. In the future, I will remove the netting before transplanting or potting up.

  42. Bear Indawoods on March 26, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Sprinkle cinnamon on top of your pellets after you plant the seeds. It will keep most of the mold, algae, etc from forming. Been doin it for years.

  43. Victor Jimenez on March 26, 2021 at 12:13 am

    So if my house is around 78 degrees should I keep the lid off and my seed heat mat off as well?

  44. Gary Pilarchik (The Rusted Garden) on March 26, 2021 at 12:13 am

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  45. Omead Pooladzandi on March 26, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Great video just what I was looking for!

  46. giraffesondraft on March 26, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Just started my seeds with small pellets (sungold tomatoes, jalapenos and jimmy nardello sweet peppers). The tomatoes sprouted in like 5 days they are leggy but they literally just sprouted. The instructions say to prop the lid open once sone sprout, how best should i prop open the lid or should i remove it entirelt?

  47. aprilmay on March 26, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Sir, do we have to water the pellets everyday until seeds germinate???

  48. Salaheddin AbuEin on March 26, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Thank you very much, Gary.

  49. The Indoor Outdoor Gardener And More on March 26, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Great video Gary. I love using the jiffy pellets.

  50. Charly Foxtrot on March 26, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Today I put Peruvian chili, my question is when do I put water on it again? when will the gate open ??

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