How to Start Seeds

Now that you have purchased your seeds, you probably want to know when & how to start them properly.


Some seeds need a head start indoors, others can be planted directly outside. Depending on the varieties purchased, they can be started inside or outside at varying times. The best resource for indoor and outdoor planting dates is the Farmer’s Almanac.

I’ve made a how-to video for starting seeds, and step-by-step instructions can be found below.

If you don’t have space or time to grow your own seedlings, you can buy heirloom seedlings from urbantomato or by pre-ordering from me directly. Seedlings & Ready to Grow Seedling Kits available! If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Starting Seeds Indoors

  1. Start tomatoes & peppers indoors in late March or early April. Greens are cold hardy & can be started directly outdoors, in cold frames or indoors in early spring.
  2. Collect containers that have proper drainage. Wash pots before using
  3. Fill pots, or cell packs with soilless medium
  4. Poke your thumb into soil to make a small indentation.
  5. Place one seed in each container. Cover with soil
  6. Sit your plants in a bright warm & sunny place. If you don’t have enough light, seedlings will get spindly & weak reaching for a stronger light source.
  7. Water enough to keep soil moist but not drenched.
  8. Label your containers.
  9. Seeds should sprout in a week- 10 days.
  10. Keep moist, but not too wet, and enjoy watching them grow.
  11. Most plants will need to be transplanted into bigger pots at least once before going outdoors (you can add compost then, but stick with just the soilless medium to start)