Start the growing of your flowers indoors

A Chinese philosopher called Confucius once said, “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of 10 years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people”.

When you start growing your seeds indoors before placing them outside you get a great feeling of accomplishment. You can select your favourite flowers, vegetables or herbs which you will grow in the summer season. It is a great project that you can do with the family, especially the kids to get them interested in nature and the beauty of all things that grow.

With thousands of seeds to choose from it is important to set out a plan before you start buying the flowers and various equipment. You need to ask yourself some questions such as:

What can I start indoors and later plant outside?

How much space do I have?

What does the family want to harvest in the autumn?

The seeds themselves can be bought in packets which will supply you with pictures of the seeds when they grow and growing information. The great positive of picking your own flower seeds is that it is exactly want you want to grow and you are in complete control of the food you wish to grow. Also growing your own herbs and food is extremely healthy and will taste better knowing you have put in all the hard work.

Here are some tips when growing the flowers and plants indoors to begin with:

  • Start growing the seeds 4-8 weeks before the date your planning to move them outside.
  • You need to choose a container with drainage holes.
  • Please use a rich, well-drained, weed-free soil mix for your seeds.
  • Fill the container but make sure the soil is fairly loose and not packed in tightly.
  • Please follow all the correct instructions that are given on the seed packet.
  • Water the soil with a fine spray and cover with clear plastic. Then place them in a cool room and keep away from direct sunlight.
  • When the seeds begin to sprout, move then gradually into sunlight. Thin plants, to ensure light and health.
  • Make sure you water the seedlings carefully. Not too wet and not too dry.
  • A week before you plan to move the plants outdoors gradually expose the seedlings to longer periods of sunlight and temperatures. Reduce the watering to harden the plants.
  • Next you need to prepare the spot in your garden where you will be planting the flowers. Make sure you plant when temperatures are not too hot.