Some people like peat pellets and some don't. I'm one of those people who love them! I start out with the Jiffy Professional Greenhouse trays that can be found at many garden centers. I get mine from Home Depot. After I use the peat pellets that are supplied with the tray, I purchase a big bag of peat and use toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls to organize and plant my seeds, so I can re-use the tray and lid without having to pay so much for new peat pellets. You can skip buying the Jiffy Greenhouse all together and go to the recycling area at Lowe's, Home Depot, or Meijer. They have many flats there that customers recycle and that are free for you to take and use, if you plan on using purchased peat and toilet paper/paper towel tubes.
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- After the first true leaves appear, remove all except the strongest seedling in each pellet. If you want to save them all (like me), remove the netting and separate the seeds into their own individual pots (I use dixie cups).
- When the pellets turn light brown, they need more water. Add water by misting the seedlings with a spray bottle.
- To harden off your plants, place them outside in shade for several days and bring the plants in at night. Gradually expose them to full sunlight.
- Before transplanting them to their final locations in the garden, be sure to remove the netting so their roots can properly form. In my experience, the netting doesn't dissolve and stunts root growth.
- Dig holes deep enough to cover the top of the pellets. Gently firm soil around the pellet and water.