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How to Start Seedlings: Bulk Method

Updated: Oct 25, 2023

I have been gardening as long as I can remember. I love the hope for the harvest that comes as I put the seeds in the soil. There are so many good techniques for starting plants. I have tried many of them and finally settled on this bulk method for my plants.


The supplies needed for this are plastic garden trays with no holes, 3-inch pots, potting soil, water, toothpicks, and seeds.

Seeds and Water Can

I begin by choosing the seeds that are appropriate for my family and the time of year. (See the garden planning post for a free planting calendar.) I look at my garden plan to see approximately how many plants I thought I would need. In the video, I was planting cherry tomatoes. I needed about 10 plants for my garden so I planted approximately 20 seeds. I plant them all in one pot and cover them with a thin layer of soil.


After a week or two when they begin to germinate, I transplant them to more pots. I only transplant them once their leaves have opened. I try to do the transplant within 24 hours of this happening as they tend to tolerate it better before they have the branching off root systems. I then give them an extra drink of water to help with the transition.

I prefer this method because I feel like it conserves space and has the least waste. That being said there are many good methods out there. This is just the one that works best for me. Thanks for letting me share it with you.

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