I couldn’t resist the title when thinking about which came first the chicken or the egg. The same mind twist applies with a seed or plant. Finding the best day to plant seeds in the ground follows the science of moon gardening. But before embarking on planting the seed, the seed needs to be prepared. I found tips on how to nurture seeds throughout the years and want to share that information with you.
Steps to follow:
- This is the most important step. Find the best day to plant the seed using the moon cycle calendar – then count back 4 days.
- Put the seeds in the freezer to mimic the conditions of a winter freeze. Leave in the freezer for 48 hours.
- Take seeds out of the freezer and thaw for 1 day.
- Now time to soak seeds. Depending on the type of seeds depends on how long step 4 will take. I discovered how important this step is when working with growing sprouts (that will be a future blog). In any case, next comes the soaking of the seeds. The larger the seed, the longer you will soak. You can consider larger seeds to be one like beans; watermelon; pumpkin; corn. Generally speaking, they are the thick-skinned seed. Smaller seeds or thinner-skinned seeds are like flowers; radishes; cucumber.
The larger seeds discussed above need to be soaked overnight 8-12 hours
The smaller seeds discussed above need to be soaked 4-6 hours.
I found through my experience in growing sprouts, if you soak a smaller seed too long, you will actually drown the seed and it will not produce. So, if you have a question as to how long to soak the seed, err to the side of caution and soak for only 6 hours. You will still give the seed a head start.
NOW you are ready to plant your seed. Match it up with the correct moon cycle and you are well on your way.