How To Start Vegetable Seeds – The Definitive Guide For Beginners

How To Start Vegetable Seeds – The Definitive Guide For Beginners

Start Your Vegetable Seeds Indoor Early To Get A Jump Start On Spring! In temperate climates, the growing season is often just not long enough to get the most out of your tomato, peppers, cucumber, or other warm weather crops. For the plants to flower, fruit, and produce for you, they need a specific amount of warm days to reach maturity to be able to give us the veggies we so love.

So gardeners like you and I start our seeds early indoors to hit the ground running in the spring with transplants that are already 2+ months old! Easy stuff! In the previous video I showed you the tools and items you’ll need to successfully start your seeds indoors: ( In this video, let’s dive deeper and see what it takes to really get that good batch of early plants so that your summer garden is the best it possibly can be!

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Seed Germination Tips:
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Starting Peppers From Seed:
Starting Tomatoes From Seed:
Starting Cucumbers From Seed:
Starting Zucchini From Seed:

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  1. Leonard Garcia on June 2, 2022 at 8:12 pm


  2. Donna Guthrie on June 2, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    During my recovery from Covid pneumonia I have found and learned about so many

  3. Valerie Sanchez on June 2, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Germinating in cotton balls is fun yo watch

  4. Louise Hunter on June 2, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    If they get leggy will they still be ok to grow on? Thanks 😊

  5. U K Murthy Yadav on June 2, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Kindly send your address

  6. Millard Shires on June 2, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Norm, here. Sir, great video! Question: I can germinate seeds like a wizard. Even peppers. I can grow my seedlings to wonderful plants for transplanting to my garden. But, that stage between germination and seedling with first set of TRUE leaves (not cotyledons), I struggle with. So many of my germinated seeds die. Some die of damping off. Too wet. So, I let dry out more, and a day later — dead because the soil dried out. Online guides say to let the top dry, then water when needed….great; how do you know when that is? Top is dry, so I water, plants die of damping off. I DON’T water when top is dry, and the starter pod dries out and they die from lack of water. The soil does not dry out evenly. Sometimes one cell is dry and the next is wet!! So Frustrated! Guides also say to check moisture 2" deep, then water if dry — that’s a garden test, not a seed pot test! One site said to use a chop stick — very silly. Another place said to use a moisture tester; again, o.k. for garden but not a seed starting cell. So, How Do YOU know when to water the cells after germination between the germination and seedling stage? Norm

  7. Liam Grows on June 2, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    And those are cucumbers
    I know because I grew them and got veg bet the heat wipe them out

  8. The Ripe Tomato Farms on June 2, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    The Time To Plant Tomatoes Is Now! Check out my full tutorial, Part 1 of 3:

  9. The Ripe Tomato Farms on June 2, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Direct Seeding VS Start Plants? Which one is best?:

  10. hgval614 on June 2, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Oh my goodness, this video is so helpful! I am not even halfway through and I feel so much better about all the questions I have had for years about gardening but was so overwhelmed about finding all the answers. Thank you so much!

  11. NOBULL ziggster on June 2, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Would you cover how close the light should be to the plants and stuff like that. I have plenty of light but my plants some times get tall and skinny. Should the light come closer or do i want to lift it up? thank you.

  12. Imagynuity on June 2, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Dang it. I missed it this year. Oh well better luck next year

  13. mojca pokraculja on June 2, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    Really good quality video in terms of presentation of information. This year’s garden will be the best!

  14. saymyname556 on June 2, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Should I start potatoes indoors? I live in zone9a

  15. Brenda Howell on June 2, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Help!Struggling with carrots no sprouting.

  16. Shay's Fashionable Jewelry on June 2, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    What about a grow light?

  17. Shay's Fashionable Jewelry on June 2, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    I was thinking letting vegetables to germinate for two weeks. Lol I thought it would be long enough

  18. Mark Francis on June 2, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Hi, just waiting on 60 cell trays to arrive from Charles Downing’s creation. Can’t wait to get started. Thanks for the video, great tips Bud👍👍

  19. Mike R on June 2, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    You’ve really got my gardening juices flowing with this video! Can’t wait to get my seeds started in about a month!!

  20. Maddie Moe on June 2, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    This is the 2nd yr that I fail but I wont give up 🤣. Wish me luck for next year

  21. Landon Fonke on June 2, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Will bio-sponges work for sprouting?

  22. Winzniel Llesis on June 2, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you very much for all the great edible gardening tips. God bless you and your family

  23. Hidden Spring Farm on June 2, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    This is a super awesome & informative video, so happy I found your channel. New subscriber here. I just got my seed order and I’m just waiting for my rack and grow lights. So excited to get started, I’m rubbing my hands together watching this video. Thanks for that. Cheers, Chad from Coldwater, Ontario.

  24. Planter GardenTV on June 2, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Great job new subscriber here

  25. Lori's Crochet Creations on June 2, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Question, How do you correct lighting problems? I have a corner with two large windows where I place my plants to grow on shelves, but over the years, I noticed long leggy plants. Someone said that I should add more calcium. It does help, but still not the best.

  26. L Garden on June 2, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Great information thank you. When I have multiple seeds in a plug and they are going directly in the garden, I put the plug in a bowl of water and I find that the roots are less disturbed and are well hydrated going in.

  27. Holly Jordan on June 2, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Getting excited about the new growing season! Going back to all your videos from last year for planning purposes! Happy new year and hope you and your family including that sweet pup are keeping healthy and safe!

  28. SEDDY KHAN on June 2, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    WOW..!!! Perfect timing Jeff❤️,I needed these info. From you/video, I was eagerly awaiting this.
    thanks so much 🙏🇨🇦

  29. Norma Vivar on June 2, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Hello! I didnt catch the name for the best grow light? What was it? Thank you!

  30. John Jude on June 2, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Gurneys Seed are my favorite,Kandy Korn what the only corn I’ll ever plant.
    Also great teacher you are Sir

  31. Vilma Casa on June 2, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Ask question why my lettuce are taste so bitter I don’t know why I use potting mix soil. Or they need a specific oil for them?

  32. Gm K on June 2, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Great video! Always an exciting time of year in our house!

  33. Myla Diamond on June 2, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Thank you. This is exciting. I pulled out my seed box and marked which ones I should start sowing indoors now.

  34. Havad on June 2, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    u mentioned after seeds sprout in app. a week, will need light…do they not need light before then? Thx, great video

  35. Titus Telesco on June 2, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    I’m in 6a and I always start melons indoors. I do agree with the root veg tho, usually don’t have alot of success that way

  36. Abundant Acres Homestead on June 2, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Ooooh I can’t wait to get ours started, we’re still weeks away. I shouldn’t be watching these videos ,it gives me the itch 😆

  37. Xiu Xiu on June 2, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Do i pat the seed starting medium after i drop the seed into the hole and cover it with another layer of seed starting mix? Or will that choke the seed out and create an anaerobic environment? Sorry it’s my first time growing and I’m just a bit paranoid

  38. Sh3h8m3 L8ly on June 2, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    I’m back for a re-fresh as I sow my nxt round

  39. Mihai Ciobotaru on June 2, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    Congrats for offering us so much value.
    I just tested the viability of the seeds in wet paper towel. About 80% of seeds sprouted
    It remains to start growing lettuce from seed in seedling tray.
    What would be the recommendation for the sprouts we end up with from testing the seed viability?
    Would it be appropriate to use these sprouts in the seedling tray?

  40. Kenneth Ward on June 2, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    A most excellent presentation!

  41. deluca studios on June 2, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    I haven’t seen a definite zone i’m in. queens ny

  42. Shay's Fashionable Jewelry on June 2, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Wait you can put the led light while the cover is on top

  43. Colleen Stinton-Czuprynski on June 2, 2022 at 9:03 pm


  44. Tom Dinwoodie on June 2, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Did you mean to not mention print catologues? Shame.

  45. Donna Guthrie on June 2, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Oops, but I am so excited to find your site.
    A big thank you from out back Alabama, USA!

  46. Richard L on June 2, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    I viewed your series of videos (wonderful job) and I have a few questions. The tomato seeds that I purchased have an expiration date of one year. Why?? In your experience, have you successfully germinated seeds after the expiration date?? I have fluorescent (F15) lights, for plant and aquarium, approximately 11 inches over the 72 cell seed starting trays with dome. I planted Jan. 4 and germination started Jan. 15. I followed your instructions carefully, thank you. Can I turn-off the lights at times; or should the lights be on all the time?? Please advise.

  47. Sabrina Mitchell on June 2, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    I’ve planted flowers before, but that’s it. I’ve done gardens with my mom when I was younger but never fully by myself….this year I discovered while planting some.flower bulbs that my backyard has some wonderful soil quality! So I have a bunch of seed I purchased, as well as was gifted ! The store right next to me has these seed starting things, and it just seems the universe has aligned for me to hopefully finally have a successful garden to call my own 😅

  48. Adessa on June 2, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    I love how you started the video! 😂 but thank you for the info! My mom lost her job so i want to start growing some veggies 🤍 New sub btw, keep up the good work 🌱

  49. Liam Grows on June 2, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    The seedling in soil look like peppers or tomatoes

  50. Angie on June 2, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Wow! Thanks for sharing you are very informative 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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