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How to Make Your Own Seed Starting Mix and Start Seedlings

• by Amy Allen

New gardeners may be feeling overwhelmed by all of the seed-starting mixes out there, while veteran gardeners may have tried just about everything on the shelf to no avail. So what do we do?

In this article, I'll discuss the various methods used to start your own seedlings, as well as how to make your own mix. 

Why make your own seed starting mix and start your own seedlings?

First of all, why go to the bother when we can just run to the garden center and buy everything we need? Well, if money isn't an issue or if you're a very new gardener, buying stuff isn't a bad option. I've always taught my new gardeners to keep it simple during the first couple of years as they learn the rhythm of the garden. Learning how to think like a gardener is no small thing if you've never done it before, so buying commercial mixes and seedlings can lessen complicating factors.

That's the expensive route, however.