Starting Summer Vegetables - A Complete Guide To Starting Vegetable Seeds - Tomatoes, Peppers etc.

hello friends it's that time of the year when you navigate through your seed

packets and then pick out the best summer vegetables that you're planning

to plant in the upcoming season and today's episode we will look at how to

start some of your favorite summer vegetables very easily so let's look at

some of the options you have to start seeds you can buy kits like these that

are called greenhouses or mini greenhouses and these are pretty cheaply

available I'll provide some links to some good products in the video

description below and in the comments basically if these are ready to use peat

pellets that you will be starting your seeds in and it's pretty basic concept

the peat is dried and compressed into a pellet as you can see here and this is

also available in different sizes for example this greenhouse kit that I had

reviewed in my monthly video as well and they all work on the same basic

principle they have a water reservoir at the bottom of the tray and then they

have the peat pellets that will help you grow your seedlings now when you add

water the peat pellets swell to about the size that you see here and then you

sow your seeds into these peat pellets directly and these are sterile peat

pellets and as you can see here they've been pretty good for me so far I've used

them for a while now and if you want to use your own seed starting mix you can

use these hex containers or hex seed starting kit and if you want to create

your own seed starting medium you can buy coco coir now coco coir by itself

is sufficient for you to grow your seeds start your seedlings and then transplant

them into your ground or the raised beds and as you can see here the coconut coir

is also compressed and when you add water you can

and them and store them as well to start seeds so you don't really need anything

fancy just coco coir is quite sufficient for you to start seeds and

coco coir is such a versatile growing medium that you will be amazed I just

used coco coir to start a lot of my seeds and I was pleasantly surprised now

what you do not want in your seed starting mix is anything from outside

your garden like compost or reused potting mix or potting soil any kind of

soil or dirt and the reason you don't want to have them is because you're

gonna get a lot of pathogens a lot of insects, diseases that you do not want

your seedlings to get now remember that seedlings are very fragile and you do

not want your seedlings to get any kinds of insects or diseases while they are

growing now an addition to coco coir or peat moss is either vermiculite or

perlite and it's pretty commonly used to start seedlings and although it doesn't

really create a difference it's more like a filler

although vermiculite does retain a lot more water than perlite so if you're

planning to use vermiculite or perlite just mix equal parts of either peat moss

or coco coir with vermiculite or perlite and you will have a very good seed

starting mix now if you want to buy some more time before you transplant your

seedlings outdoors what you can do is transplant your seedlings once they've

grown to about this size into slightly larger containers so that you buy about

four to six weeks more these seedlings will grow in this larger container for a

few more weeks before you can transplant them outside to your raised bed or to

the ground now let's talk a little bit about adding nutrients to your plants

while you're growing them or germinating them now once your plants reach about

this size that you see here they do need nutrients remember that coco coir peat

moss perlite vermiculite are all mediums that do not have any nutrients so

you do have to add nutrients so I recommend that you use a salt based

fertilizer at this stage and this will give you a really good boost to starting

your seedlings and you can use it at half-strength I usually use about a

capful or a spoonful of this fertilizer in two gallons of water and then just

water my plants with it and it forms a really good nutrient solution that the

plants can use and once your seedlings are ready you can transplant them into

the raised beds or on the ground and you will see that by following this method

you will be right in time to plant your seedlings or your plants after your last

frost date so just make sure you calculate your time correctly go back

about 6 to 8 weeks from your last frost date and start your seedlings and for

most growers in Southern California that time is now made of Jan so from the

beginning of Jan to the mid of Jan is a good time to start seedlings and I've

been mentioning that in my monthly videos as well and in no time you will

be on your way to harvesting some great summer vegetables from your garden so

there we have it folks that was our episode on starting your summer

vegetable seedlings and I would like to know from you if you have already

started your seedlings or are you still waiting for some more time because of

the frost date in your area I'd love to know your thoughts and comments do give

us a thumbs up if you like this video we'll see you again soon happy gardening