How Deep

How deep should you plant a seed? This depends a lot on the size of the seed and the soil you plant it in. Generally speaking, a seed s depth is two to four times the thickness of the seed. Its important to place your seeds below a moist surface to prevent it from drying out. loo close to the surface and it can dry out from the hot sun. Once a seed receives moisture and begins sprouting (known as "breaking dormancy"), it will die if it dries out so don t forget to water regularly.

Sprouting Plants

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Plant seeds 2 to 4 times the depth of their size. When they've grown, transplant them into four packs. When they re large enough and the right time comes, move them hack i)ito their own square foot.

Too Deep Isn't a Problem

You don t have to worry too much about placing your seed too deep, in part because your Mels Mix is only 6 inches deep. If it is too deep for the kind of seed it is, as soon as it begins to receive moisture, nature will tell it, "Get going, buddy, put some roots down and start growing." That sprout can push right up through Mel's Mix because there are a lot of nooks and crannies and the soil is very easy to move. This is one of the hidden advantages of starting with perfect soil. It almost guarantees that all of your seeds will grow into plants.

Time to Sprout

How long does it take to sprout seeds? The chart in the Appendix shows how many days it takes various types of seeds to sprout at various temperatures. In addition, what percentage can you expect to sprout? This chart can be valuable to you and should be used whenever you plant seeds. If you know ahead of time it's going to take 10 days for the seeds to sprout at the average outdoor temperatures, then you won t be a nervous Nelly every day wondering when, but you will know to keep that soil moist for those number of days. You can also judge from the percentage that will sprout at that temperature, how many extra beyond two or three seeds to plant to ensure one good healthy plant.


Before planting your seeds, give them a jump-start by presoaking them. While some can be soaked overnight, some fall apart after only an hour; it depends on the seed. Big seeds should be soaked for only about a half hour to an hour. Bean and pea seeds, which might look shriveled up, swell up and break in half if you soak them too long. Beware, water makes some seeds slippery, A plastic spoon can help you handle them.

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