How to Start Onions Indoors - Growing from seed

well hello everyone and welcome to a

very exciting episode here on mi

gardener today we are doing the thing

that everybody loves to do that gardens

and that is start some seeds yes I am so

pumped because spring is not here yet

but I'm going to be starting some of the

vegetables that need that amount of time

till spring so we're going to be

starting some of the earliest of the the

vegetables and that is onions yes a lot

of you think that it might have been

tomatoes or peppers and those are going

to be in about mmm here between 3 and 5

weeks away so it's it's definitely

coming up quick but it's not here yet

the reason why I'm planting onions is

because I'm going to be planting not

only my Ailsa Craig onion seeds but I'm

also be planting my giant Kelsey onion

seeds that I got that came from 5.2

pound onion I also bought from West

Coast seed I also had some Kelsey onions

but these are not verified to come from

a giant onion

they're just Kelsey onions which can get

giant and then I also have another pack

of something else at Craigs so I have

four packets of onions here and the four

packets of onions are going to be

planted today in pots like this I have a

four inch square pot and I think it's a

4 inch 3 or 4 inch square pot and the

reason why I have a 3 or 4 inch square

pot is because I'm going to plant you

know a pretty good sprinkling on the top

and then or in each pot and then when

they sprout I'm going to actually cut

the the the planter open peel out the

plants and pick out the strongest of

those plants so I will be using all 4

packets but I guarantee you I won't have

all those seeds left over because I

probably have a good uh I mean there's

probably a good I'd say at least Oh

approximately 600 20 seats they actually

tell you so there's at least 620 seeds

in here

there is approximately 250 seeds in each

of these packets so that's 500 so I have

yeah I have well over a thousand two

hundred seeds so 1,200 seeds I'm not

gonna have that many onions because by

the time I'm done somewhat sprout some

are going to you know not some are just

not going to germinate as well as others

and so that leaves you the strongest

that's what we're going to do so let's

get started here this is the mix I made

in last video this is the premium super

starter seedling mix that I'm going to

be using for all my seedlings actually

and it is just a one-to-one ratio of

worm compost or vermicompost and the

jiffy organic seed starting mix and then

it has a little bit of crushed its crush

leonardite basically it has humic acid

in it and then I have Gaia green glacial

rock dust in here as well as all mixed

up for a really good nutrient dense mix

now one quick tip a lot of people always

ask me um you know what I used to plant

in and I use I use the same planters

over and over and over again but one

thing that I do is a really quick tip

for you all is if you like being thrifty

I always like doing the recycle and

reuse reuse recycle I'd rather reuse

then recycle because it costs there's a

lot more energy involved in recycling

something than simply reusing it so

reuse first recycle second and throw

away if if need be um so I like reusing

and I will get these when I arrived I

plants from the nursery or sometimes I

can gave and get them people throw them

onto the side of the road I'll pick them

up um you know one man's trash is

another man's treasure and I don't like

reusing things that are still dirty and

so a lot of people are probably

wondering why I do that but I use in

dirty the reason why I don't use them

dirty is because onions and tomatoes

specifically can contract fungal

diseases and viruses extremely easy and

you don't know what's been

groaning them before if you pick them

off the side of the road you don't know

where they been and you also don't know

what grew in them previously so if there

was something that was growing in here

that had you know bad soil or maybe it

was a bad plant that can still be on

these planters here and I love reusing

them even myself if I grew these last

year which I did I'll still wash them

out because I don't know what's been

touching them what's been you know

around them and I don't want to bring

that into an enclosed environment like

this because when I have plants that are

all close together you get one plant

that gets sick and they will all get

sick faster than you can believe and

trust me it happened it happened two

years ago to one of my tomato plants I

got blight and I had to panic luckily I

saved it but it was not fun so this is a

way you can alleviate that problem kind

of make sure it doesn't happen as little

as possible so getting what I was

getting at is what if you want to reuse

these simply all you have to do is take

a bucket with a penny bit of bleach I

use one gallon of water to a tablespoon

of bleach I put a tablespoon of bleach

in mix it around and I dump the cup in

there I dunk the planter in there switch

it all around scrape the edges with a

brush make sure you get all that soil

out and then I just let it sit out and

dry after I wash it off again um because

the bleach is going to dry out anything

if there's any little bugs on here it's

going to dry their skin out kill them it

kills off any funguses bacterias molds

mildews anything like that it's gonna

it's going to wipe them out so that is

how I reuse my planters year after year

safely let's get started here I'm first

going to set them out in this tray I

have a holus seed tray this whole list

basically means there's no holes in it

I'm just going to set these uh in here

they don't totally fit because it's not

the right tray but I just wanted

something that could hold water because

the way I'm going to water these is I'm

actually going to water them from the

bottom bottom watering is really good

especially when indoors because if you


water there's not like wind that can dry

out the soil on top and there's not the

Sun beating down that can dry things out

really rapidly so water tends to stick

around a lot more indoors so you have to

be careful on how much you water

especially around the base of the plant

where it can rot rot the base of the

plant out so I'm just going to fill

these up and then I will get back with

you all when it is done so I think we're

going to plant the Cal say onions from

West Coast seeds first and we're just

going to sprinkle these right on top

you're not going to worry about digging

a hole or anything we're going to

sprinkle these in our hand here about

there's a lot of seeds in there there's

probably about a good 100 150 maybe even

close probably maybe 200 there's quite a

bit of seeds in my hand and we're just

going to sprinkle these right on top

there and then the next one we're going

to plant these and we're just going to

pop that right there now what I'm going

to do is I'm going to take this

vermiculite here this is a fine grade

vermiculite I got a about oh I'd say 8 8

cubic or 8 8 quarts of it I'm sure to

sprinkle this right on top of the of the

seeds and to do this is not you know

mandatory it's not you know it doesn't

have to be done but for me it's crucial

because I have a fungus net problem and

if you do not get read of the fungus

Nets they're going to be around and then

they're going to be in your soil and

they end up eating on the roots and they

ruin germination rates so I've put about

you know about a half an inch of a V or

the fine

vermiculite on top and it's going to act

just like a soil would but it's it's

coarse and it's also it's it's not

organic materials so therefore the the

fungus Nets can't burrow into it and lay

eggs into your into your soil because

they can't get through that's why you

want a pretty thick layer there so I'm

just going to spread this out and that's

what you want to do if you have you know

organic matter or even if you're

planting coco coir and you just don't

want to want to risk it up typically you

don't have a problem if you're not

dealing with organic matter like compost

or stuff like that because stuff that's

been sterilized like a coco coir is is

not going to have anything for the the

fungus gnats to really enjoy but since

I'm using the worm compost in here that

is that's something that that the fungus

gnats would definitely you know enjoy

the last thing we're gonna do is just

get our spray bottle here and just mist

the missed the tops here the soil is

already pretty damp because of the worm

castings but I just want to make sure

that the the vermiculite sets down and

you can also put this on a heat mat it's

really not that cold in this room but if

you have a colder pair your house for

your germinating your seeds it'll

definitely help the germination rate

quite a bit it also help the germination

times so make sure that you use your

judgement on that for me it's not really

that crucial so that is that hopefully

you enjoyed this episode and hopefully

in about a week or two we're going to

see some beautiful sprouts coming up and

then we can move on to the next part of

the series where we separate and

Transplant the onion seedlings so until

next time I will talk to you all later

this is my garden reminding you to grow

big or go home and if you have any

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will talk to you all later see ya bye