I have (optimistically) started seeds though and their coming up nicely. I planted more today too, now that I have a cat proof area to grow them.
1. Tackle something easy first. I have dreams of growing Hollyhock and Foxgloves and having my own English garden all started from seed, but I lean towards the more realistic. Some seeds are easier to grow into adults than others. I've had the best luck with zinnias- these come in all sorts of sizes and color schemes, nasturtiums- you can eat these, morning glories- but you have to have a trellis or area for these to climb, or marigolds- if you are feeling nostalgic for the rock star five year old version of you who planted these in a styrofoam cup at school for you mom. And if flowers aren't your thing, I always seem to have great luck growing basil, chives, and parsley. As for veggies- salad greens, spinach, cucumbers, zucchini, radish, and kale are pretty easy to grow.
2. Don't dump water onto seedling. You'll crush the pour little things (or drown them). I mist mine with a spray bottle to keep the soil slightly moist. you could also water them from below by added water to your tray and then setting your little containers back into the tray, but I prefer misting.
3. Make sure your plants get plenty of light. I don't have a nice east facing window, so I set mine in the largest window I have which faces the north, but it seems to work okay.
4. Be sure to harden your flower babies off before tossing them outside. You need to take them outside for a little while each day for a week or two before planting so they get used to wind and outdoor temps. I start by putting mine directly against the house in a protected spot and gradually spread them out.
|Flowering kale, creeping thyme, and borage are all new things I'm trying this year.|
|Organic seed from the natural grocery store.|
|Mine is not on my table, but does great in front of a window.|
|HB and my plants.|