AllSpirit Fitness - Fit Body, Fit Spirit
AllSpirit Fitness Boutique - Click Here!
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to My Yahoo!

Feature Articles

Q & As

Video & DVD Reviews

Book Reviews

Great Stuff

Healthy Recipes

Gardening Articles

Shop for Body & Soul


Our Awards


Protect Endangered Species at

Want your site here?
Click to find out how!

Preparing Successful Seedlings
by Judy Williams

deluxe seedstarting kit Growing your own seedlings is very gratifying and far more economic than purchasing them. It also gives you far greater control over your existing growing conditions.

Vegetable seeds need a light, friable soil that will hold moisture, to grow. Seeds must absorb 40 – 60% of their weight in water to trigger germination. They also need air. When they sprout, they take up moisture from the film of water around the soil particles; they take up air from the space between those particles. So soil quality is extremely important. Compacted soil will not allow your seeds to sprout.

(Article continued below.)

A good seed raising mixture could be the answer if you are unsure of the quality of your soil. Individual "peat pots" are a great invention because the whole pot goes into the ground without disturbing the roots of your baby plants.

Warmth is also important to growing from seed. Most garden seeds will germinate if soil temperature is around 20C [aka 68 degrees Fahrenheit — ed.]. For colder climates, seed beds must be kept warm either by having them in a sunny protected spot in or near the house (like a porch or garage, out of the elements), or in a glass covered cold frame. For most vegetable seeds you can expect a germination time of 6 – 20 days. In another 4 – 5 weeks, those seedlings should be transplanted into your outdoor no dig garden bed.

Gardens Alive

It's a good idea to treat seeds with a good, all-purpose fungicide (something like a Rose Dust or Tomato Dust will be fine) before planting. Place a small amount, just the tip of a knife end, into the packet, reclose and shake until the seeds are covered. This will protect them from "damping off," a common problem with very young plants.

Care of Seedlings

Seeds must be kept moist but not wet until the seedlings emerge. This may take between 1 – 3 weeks, depending on the plant type.

As they grow stonger, thorough but less frequent watering is required. They will need shade when young but should be increasingly exposed to the sun so they become used to conditions in the garden. Water in the morning rather than at night.


Mark where you plan to put each of your plants. Use a trowel to make a hole large enough to take the root system. Gently prise out the seedling from its container taking as much of the soil as you can with it into the garden bed. Firm the soil around the plant in its new position, cover the area with mulch and water in gently.

It is best to transplant in the late afternoon or evening to give the plants time to settle in less stressful conditions.

About The Author:
Judy Williams ( splits her time between being a media executive and an earth mother goddess. No Dig Vegetable Gardens represents a clean, green way to grow your own food. The site covers all aspects of growing, cooking and preserving your harvest.

Feature Index

The Latest Articles from All Spirit Fitness:

Self Improvement:

Yoga & Pilates Videos
featuring Gaiam's many mind-body experts!

Find savings from our Healthy Lifestyle Merchants!

Complete Diet Program:
Try the proven diet that has helped 100,000's lose weight. Free Profile.

You Deserve to Reach Your Peak Potential!
Live in abundance! New Dates!

More favorites:
Yoga & Exercise Mats, Meditation Products & More!

Online Fitness Program:
TV's toughest fitness guru wants you to lose weight with a free plan.

To health, fitness and lifestyle magazines at deep discounts!

What's in a name?
Find out with a free Numerology Potrait from!
Your nutrition and health solution

Philippe Halsman - Marilyn Monroe with Weights
Marilyn Monroe with Weights
Visit our Poster Store!
[ Home || About Us || Contact Us || FAQs || Site Directory ]
[ Terms of Use || Privacy Policy ]
All content and images copyright ©2017 Janiss Garza and her licensors. All rights reserved.
Logo by mibdesigns.
All material published on the website is meant for informational or educational purposes only. Consult your primary care provider for medical advice.
All Spirit Fitness, PO Box 411461, Los Angeles, CA 90041