Pre-sprouting seeds is a method used to germinate seeds on a damp paper towel before they are planted. It is a great gardening hack that speeds up germination by providing the seeds with perfect moisture, air, and temperature conditions indoors.
Step 7: Transfer sprouted seeds to growing medium. Some seeds will sprout quicker than others. As soon as a seed shows tiny roots it is ready to plant. Carefully transfer your sprouted seed to your prepared seedling containers or soil blocks. Be very careful not to damage the root. If you do, the sprout will die. If the root has grown into the paper towel, snip around it and plant paper towel and all.
How to Pre-Sprout Seeds
I had pepper seeds that were several years old. I hated to throw the package away without checking to see if they were still good. I checked the viability of the seeds by doing a seed germination test.
One of the most frustrating things about starting vegetables from seed is waiting for them to emerge from the soil. Pre-germinating seeds is a great method for the impatient gardener, because it lets you see your seeds sprout before they are covered with soil.
Step 6: Check seeds daily. Examine your seeds each day for germination and to make sure the towel stays damp. Spray the towel if needed.
There are many ways to help get your seeds to germinate faster, and to get an earlier, longer harvest from your plants. Personally, I’m always experimenting with different techniques. I love geeking out in the garden and trying new things, and these are my best germination tips to date.
As far as germination time is concerned, some seeds have a longer germination period than others, but typically germination takes anywhere from three to 10 or up to 14 days, usually with the longest being about a two-week period. Once you get past that, usually the seed is no good. It’s either rotting in the ground or for whatever reason it just didn’t germinate. Normally past two weeks, if it hasn’t sprouted, it’s probably not going to. Below are my best tips on how to make seeds germinate faster.
This all means that food prices are likely to go up even more too. These types of unforeseen, uncontrollable events can impact food prices nationwide and even globally. So that’s just one more reason we should all be growing at least some of our own food at home. It’s also why I am so passionate about raising and growing your own food and why I have a goal to help 10,000 families raise a year’s worth of food by January of 2020.
3. Check the weather forecast
Some of the earliest plants that can go in are things like kale, some of your cooler weather lettuce, brussels sprouts, onion sets, radishes and snow peas, to name a few.
Now, when you think of your big summer vegetable garden with your squash, tomatoes, lettuce, peas, beans, etc. most people plant all of those things at almost the same time. We tend to think of growing those crops together when we imagine them in our summer garden. But there are actually a lot of cooler weather crops that can go in even earlier and can even help you get an earlier harvest.
We haven’t been open for a regular open enrolment since last fall, but enrolment is now open through next Thursday, April 18. Then we will be closing the doors again and I don’t know yet if we will be opening again this year.
Take, for example, the recent flooding in the midwest. Entire farms were wiped out. Many farmers and homesteaders lost their crops, their grain feed for their animals and even lost their livestock entirely. Hundreds and maybe even thousands of heads of cattle were lost, as well as other livestock. And on top of all that, contamination from the flood waters means that many farmers won’t be able to plant or grow anything in their fields this year.