Starting seeds is an exciting and essential step in gardening, but it can be challenging, especially for beginners. Here are some common seed-starting mistakes to avoid to increase your chances of success:
Overwatering: Excessive moisture can lead to rot and fungal diseases. Make sure not to keep the soil constantly wet. Instead, water the seeds gently and allow the soil to dry slightly between watering sessions.
Underwatering: On the flip side, not providing enough water can cause seeds to dry out and fail to germinate. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.
Using the wrong soil mix: Regular garden soil is often too heavy and may not provide the necessary drainage. Opt for a well-draining seed-starting mix, which is lighter and specifically formulated for seed germination.
Planting seeds too deep or too shallow: Different seeds have different requirements for planting depth. As a general rule, plant seeds at a depth that is about two to three times their diameter.
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