Internet's Global Gardening Studies are open to all Camp Expedition
Teams. RAIN's Youth Technology Corps members are Expedition Team Leaders
for Communities taking part.
General Notes on Starting Seeds
planting more than one variety, label each container. Tiny seedlings can
be difficult to distinguish.
Recycle cardboard egg cartons as seed-starting equipment. Sow one or two
seeds in soilless mix in each compartment. On planting day, carefully
peel away the cardboard without disturbing the root ball.
When seedlings emerge too close together, thin them without disturbing
roots of those that remain by snipping off the extras at the surface.
Most seeds need warmth to germinate. Put your seed-starting containers
top of your refrigerator, where the additional warmth will speed the process.
If your seedlings grow weak and spindly, they are likely not getting enough
or the room they are growing in is too warm.
gardeners find transplanting the seedlings to be
tedious, so they eliminate that step by sowing their seeds directly into
multi-cell packs, one or two seeds per cell.
Damping-off is a fungus disease that causes seedlings to suddenly wilt
and die. To prevent damping-off, use clean containers and fresh soilless
mix; keep the mix lightly moist but not saturated; and leave enough space
between seedlings to allow for air to circulate.
Certain seeds have special requirements for temperature or planting depth.
Read the seed packets for any additional instructions.