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How to Plant Seeds

Forget what you learned in first grade science class. Here’s the right way to sow your favorite seeds.

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No matter what type of plants you’re growing, there are a few basic rules to follow when it comes to dealing with seeds:

1. Always make sure your seeds are fresh. If you’re buying them, make sure that this year’s date is stamped on the packet. Or, use seeds from last year’s garden.

2. Make sure your soil is loose -- this makes it easier for the first roots to sprout. Good drainage is also important.

3. Plant in an area where there’s bright light available. This is especially important once the seeds actually sprout.

4. Use moist -- not soaked –- soil. Overly wet soil can cause the seeds to rot.

5. Be realistic about how many plants your space can support. Tough as it may be, thinning (pulling out excess sprouts) is important for your plants’ survival. You don’t want them competing against each other for nutrition and space, so make sure you give them enough room to grow.

-- The Nest Editors

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