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Sow Smarter with 4 Innovations in Seed Starting

Renee Valdes
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When it comes to sprouting seeds, garden smarter with innovations that help make seed starting easier. Seed starters can help grow luscious tomatoes, tasty basil, colorful echinacea and other garden delights.

Starting your garden vegetables, herbs and flowers from seed is one of the easiest ways to get more bang for your gardening buck. One seed packet grows plenty so that you can create the garden you’ve always wanted at a very low cost.

Get sowing with these 4 seed starting ideas



1. All-in-one Seedsheets. Seedsheets come with seeds that are not genetically modified (non-GMO) and are embedded in soil pods.


Seed sheet

With Seedsheets, there’s no weeding needed. A fabric barrier attached around the seed pods keeps weeds at bay so your seedlings don’t have to fight for space, oxygen or soil nutrients. That makes Seedsheets perfect for first-time gardeners or those who want a no-fail approach. Just plant atop soil, secure with the provided stakes and water regularly for an edible garden. 


2. Colorful seeds. Because seeds are very small and hard to handle, Sow Easy Seeds by Ferry-Morse took some of their smallest seeds and coated them with bright colors so are they easier to handle and easier to see.The colorful seed coating is all natural and seeds are non-GMO.

This means there’s no more guess work on seed spacing, leading to fewer seedlings needing thinning after they sprout. 

Seed starters

3. Germination kits. Germinate your seeds or take cuttings from your favorite cooking herbs or other plants to create more of them using a plant propagation station. ViaVolt’s seed starter, above, comes with all the seed starting supplies you’ll need, including heat mats and grow lights.


Seed starters

4. Mini greenhouses. When you start your garden with economical seed starter greenhouses, the dome keeps the right environment for seeds to sprout. When you add water to the biodegradable pellets, they expand into perfect little seed pots. Check out this video, which explains how easy this process can be. Some newer seed starting kits even come with a self-watering feature.

For other seed starting methods, see our story on peat pots.

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