When storing your seeds, it is important to keep them in a dry and cool place. The lifespan of the seed can double for every one percent drier the seed is. One trick is to store your seeds with rice. Rice will help absorb any excess moisture. As such, it is advisable to thoroughly dry any seeds that you have harvested for the next planting season before you store them. You may also find that you have saved more seeds than you need. In this case, it is best to keep your seeds separated and dated. Use your older seeds first.
When planting your seeds, you will want to make sure they are on their side. The seeds can tell which end is up, but planting them upside down can make things more difficult for them. It is also advantageous to soak the seeds in warm water just before planting. This will increase their success rate.
It’s always a great idea to start growing your warm weather plants indoors. It helps make them stronger, as well as giving them a head start. This is especially important for places that have a shorter growing season and plants such as tomatoes that need more warmth. You will want to start growing your warm weather plant seeds about 6 weeks before planting.
I live in the Pacific Northwest and have found it advantageous to start the growing process inside. I will sometimes use a growing light, but I have found that just keeping the plants near a window works fine. I tend to keep them on my south facing windows, so that they get the most amount of light for the longest period of time. I will also put them outside during the day, and then bring them in for the night. You will want to bury your seeds at a depth of around 3-4 times the seeds length.
The first thing you want to consider when getting an early start with indoor planting is your soil. You will want a fine soil that can retain moisture. It is advantageous to spritz your soil with water every few days. Perhaps the most important thing to consider is the temperature of the soil. When you first plant your seeds, the temperature of the soil is more important than the temperature of the air.
It is also important to pay attention to the weather. When in doubt, it is best to start your indoor planting too early. Worst case scenario is that your plants will outgrow their pots. If you start your seeds to early, they may not me strong enough to handle the great outdoors, whereas large plants can be planted earlier in the season.