How to Plant Seeds in a Container

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When planting seeds in a container, be sure to pack down the soil slightly, bury the seed as deep as it is long, and keep the soil moist through the germination process. Use small containers to start seedlings with gardening help from an urban horticulturist in this free video on plant seeds.

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Hi, I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb. We're going to talk about containers and planting seeds. If you've got a container like this, you can simply take your good soil, your good mix, fill it up, and make sure you get it pretty near the, well three-quarters of the container at least, if not up to the surface. Pack it down lightly, if you want to use finger pressure you can, but you don't want to pack the soil so tightly that you can't make holes. Take your seeds, plant your little seeds, usually about one time as deep as the seed is thick. So in this case, if it's about an eighth of an inch seed, at least an eighth inch to a quarter inch deep, making sure we plant all the little seeds down and you just lay them on their sides, they'll right themselves as they start to germinate. Germination should take place, on these, probably in about seven to ten days. Keep them moist, and make sure they get enough moisture and enough sunlight so the germination process can take place. For starting seeds in containers I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb.


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