How To Plant Your Seedsheet

March 14, 2018 32 Comments

How To Plant Your Seedsheet

Have you always wanted to grow a garden, but felt a little too afraid to start because it's confusing, difficult, or you live in an urban area? At Seedsheet, we've made growing your own fresh ingredients ridiculously easy regardless of gardening expertise or limited space.

Planting a Seedsheet is simple; check out these essential steps below to start growing!

STEP ONE:

Fill your garden container with fresh, organic potting soil until it is filled almost entirely to the top and gently pat to level. To prevent extreme soil level settling in your container, add soil incrementally and pat it down between additions. This will allow light to reach the seedlings immediately as they germinate (sprout) and not be shaded by the sides of the fabric bag.

STEP TWO:

Place the Seedsheet seed-side-down on top of the soil, and press down lightly so the sheet is level. Double check that you cannot see the seeds and that the Seedsheet is facing down, or the seeds won't be able to germinate!

STEP THREE:

Take the three included green stakes in from the package and place them through the perforated holes cut in the black Seedsheet fabric. These stakes will hold down your Seedsheet and protect it from the wind.

STEP FOUR:

Now that the Seedsheet is secure, begin watering. Use the included green misting nozzle affixed to a plastic bottle with a standard screw-top. Start by watering slowly for about 15 seconds, and then pause for about 30 seconds to let the water soak into the dissolvable pods. Continue watering in increments until the pods have completely dissolved. You can check this by gently lifting an edge of the black fabric to make sure the pods have dissolved completely and that the soil from within the pods is now fully-saturated.

REMEMBER...

It's essential that the clear film completely dissolves the first time the Seedsheet is watered! Check on your Seedsheet and water each day to keep the soil moist so the seeds can all germinate. Be patient, some seeds are "lazy" and take longer than others to sprout.

 Congrats! You've just completed the first steps to #SEEDSHEETSUCCESS

More questions, check out our Ultimate Guide! 



32 Responses

The Seedsheet Team
The Seedsheet Team

June 11, 2019

That is a great question, Mary! The reality is that everyone who is planting a Seedsheet is growing in a unique environment with different external factors that effect the growth process in different ways. This means that for watering in particular, we can only give general instructions for the recommended amounts and frequency. That being said, in places like Arizona (where the air is much more dry), the soil will dry out faster, so more water may be needed than what is recommended in the instructions. On the other hand, in places with a much more humid climate (like Florida), you may have to water a bit less quantity and perhaps less often than the instructions indicate.

The key is to make sure that the soil is constantly moist, however it should never be saturated to the point where there is standing water for more than an hour or two at most. During the germination process, it is extremely important that the seeds be in constant contact with water in order for them to germinate properly, however if they are sitting in water for prolonged period of time, they can actually rot. As you have probably gathered, it is a bit of a balancing act, but remember that we are always here if you have questions and feel free to send us pictures to see if you are over/under watering.

Mary
Mary

June 11, 2019

What would be an appropriate amount of water each morning when watering plants from the start?

The Seedsheet Team
The Seedsheet Team

April 23, 2019

Great question, Mera! We suggest, once at least one of your plants has reached one inch in height, your container should be moved to an area that receives 10-12 hours of direct sunlight per day (8 hours at a minimum). If you are planing on growing inside with natural light, you will want to make sure that your plants are in south facing window, as that will give it the most amount of direct sunlight throughout the day.

However, if you do not think you will be able to provide that amount of natural direct sunlight for your plants, you do have two other options. The first would be to just wait until the weather is nice enough for you to plant outside. If you are not able to plant outside though, then you will want to look into purchasing a full spectrum LED grow light to help supplement the natural light inside. If you are leaning toward an LED light, let us know and we will help you pick out a light that will best suit your growing situation.

Mera CK Diaz
Mera CK Diaz

April 23, 2019

Do they need sunshine to grow or can they thrive indoors? We don’t have much sun and I’d be worried about the wild critters harvesting before we can.

The Seedsheet Team
The Seedsheet Team

November 12, 2018

Patty,
Great question! We have actually curated all of our sheets so that they have the perfect amount of space to grow healthy and full in the fabric containers. So, there is no need to transplant at any point during the growing process. You can also definitely plant the sheets directly on the ground on top of prepared soil. However, when planting in containers, there are many more factors that can be controlled to make sure you produce a successful harvest. For example, it is much easier to control the moisture level when growing in a container. Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.

The Seedsheet Team

Patty
Patty

November 12, 2018

Do the plants stay in the planting bag until harvest? Are they ever planted in the ground? Having a lot of fun with these?

The Seedsheet Team
The Seedsheet Team

August 16, 2018

Chris,
It really depends what variety of plant you are talking about. For instance, a root vegetable, like a carrot or beet, will be a one and done type deal, whereas a basil plant can be harvested (if done correctly) and grow back over the course of two or three months. It really is all about harvesting things in the correct way to promote sustained regrowth and with most of our gardens, you should be able to get two to three months of harvests out of them. If that all sounds daunting, we also have tutorial videos and blog posts to help you make sure that you are doing the right thing along the way. If you have any other questions let us know.

Happy Gardening!

The Seedsheet Team
The Seedsheet Team

August 16, 2018

Hi Chris,
Great question. We typically suggest that you should plant your sheet a week to a week and a half before you will be ready to move the sheet outside. So in your case, you could plant in the last week of October and then move your sheet outside once at least one of the seedlings is an inch in height (which should be the first week in November). Let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Gardening!

Chris
Chris

August 16, 2018

Will these keep growing after I have harvested them?
And if so, how long will it grow for?

Chris
Chris

August 16, 2018

I just received my salad and caprese kits.
I live in South Florida (33060)
And the map on the bag says I should plant outside between November and March.
Does that mean I have to wait til then or can I start inside?
I want to have the best results possible.
Thanks!

The Seedsheet Team
The Seedsheet Team

July 16, 2018

Hi Bobbi,
I wouldn’t suggest removing the fabric at any point during the growing process. It has several functions that are beneficial to the garden. It helps block any weeds from growing so that you can be sure anything that grows out of the sheet, is what you have planted. It also keeps moisture from evaporating from the soil on hot days and lastly it can keep critters from getting into your garden as well. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Growing!

The Seedsheet Team
The Seedsheet Team

July 16, 2018

Hi Linda,
Since we are in the middle of the hottest part of the summer and you being in one of the hotter zones in the US, I would definitely advise against planting right now. The plants are just much too delicate when they are first starting out to handle temperatures over 85-90 degrees. I would definitely suggest that you wait until early-mid September before you plant your sheet. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Gardening!

Bobbi Stanton
Bobbi Stanton

July 16, 2018

Should I remove the seedsheet once the plants start to grow?

Linda Kimberling
Linda Kimberling

July 16, 2018

Just received my seedsheet salad kit and i live in CA- i think zone 10
Does this mean i have to wait until November to plant these seeds?

The Seedsheet Team
The Seedsheet Team

July 09, 2018

Hi Candy,
We typically suggest watering once a day with about half a liter of water, however, with the hot weather that we have been having recently, you should be watering more like twice a day. The trick is to water well in the morning (maybe more like a full liter) and then check it again around 5ish and if the soil looks super dry (you can also stick you finger in the to layer of soil on the side of the container to check moisture levels), give it a little more water. In order for the seeds to germinate, they need to be in constant contact with water, so if the soil dries out for too long, they may never germinate. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Growing!

The Seedsheet Team
The Seedsheet Team

July 09, 2018

Hi Adrienne,
We recommend, for best results, that once your plants start to sprout, you should move your sheet outside to an area that gets 10-12 hours of sunlight (at least 8 hours of direct sunlight). It is tough to get that kind of direct sunlight inside and especially when the plants are just starting out, they really need those direct rays. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Growing!

Candy
Candy

July 09, 2018

How often should I water my seedsheets in the beginning? I just sat them up and planted them yesterday.

The Seedsheet Team
The Seedsheet Team

July 05, 2018

Hi Edgar,
That is a great question. We suggest that for the first couple of weeks, you use about 1/2 a liter of water daily and then for the next few weeks bump that up to a full 1 liter of water. After the first month, the plants will need more like 1-1/2 liters of water a day (this is all assuming that you aren’t expecting any rain that day if you plant is outside). However, it has been very hot recently all around the country, and when the temperature is up around the 90’s and above, we suggest watering once in the morning before the sun gets too intense (double what was suggested above) and then again in the afternoon (if the soil is visibly dry), once the sun has gone down a bit. Let us know if you have any other questions and I hope this has helped.

Happy Gardening!

The Seedsheet Team
The Seedsheet Team

July 03, 2018

Hi Shir,

We have had a lot of people cut up our sheets to fit different dimensions and the effect is still the same; a ridiculously easy way to plant and cultivate a garden. There are some benefits of keeping the sheet together though, like not having to weed around each plant and also, the sheet protects the soil from the sun a bit so on hot days your soil wont dry out as quickly. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Gardening!

The Seedsheet Team
The Seedsheet Team

July 03, 2018

Hi Linda,
That is a great question. We typically suggest that once one of your sprouts is about an inch in height, then you should move your sheets outside. This is typically about a week to 2 weeks after planting, depending on what variety you have planted. Since the salad varieties are so fast growing, that would mean that you should move the salad sheet out before you move the caprese outside. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Gardening!

Adrienne Mallet
Adrienne Mallet

July 09, 2018

Just planted herb kit. Should i put it outside or under my skylight in my kitchen?

Penina Scullion
Penina Scullion

July 09, 2018

Our bunny is not yet in on the secret, that we are going to grow nibbles for her…and fun salad greens for us.

Fran
Fran

July 06, 2018

Look forward to seeing my garden grow. Great instructions to getting started. Will check back with progress!

Linda Perhacs
Linda Perhacs

July 03, 2018

I received the “sprinkler” tips for 1 liter bottles for watering. The directions I received said to start the caprese and salad plants inside until seeds sprout, then move plant bag outside. How long, approx., Does it take for enough sprouts to permit me to move everything outside in the sunshine?

EDGAR GARCIA
EDGAR GARCIA

July 05, 2018

how many water i should watering daily ? 1 lt ?

Shir Farkash
Shir Farkash

July 03, 2018

Hi! Is it possible to cut the sheet and plant individually? I prefer separate containers. Thanks!

Annette Therrien
Annette Therrien

May 24, 2018

So impressed by this product already! Can’t wait to get my herbs!!!

Douglas Paul Marques
Douglas Paul Marques

May 03, 2018

Great product.

Barbara
Barbara

May 03, 2018

I bought the red bag last Fall to plant the sheet in and now I’m ready to plant. Do I put the green lid under it? Does the water deep through?

Johanna Ambrogi
Johanna Ambrogi

May 03, 2018

So I know how much soil I need, what gallon size is the garden container and how much soil does it hold?

Seedsheet Team
Seedsheet Team

April 17, 2018

Hi Joyce! Thanks for the question, we do sell the garden containers as an option with each Seedsheet (simply select Seedsheet+Container), we also sell a high quality soil mix too if you’d prefer the just-add-water option! The garden containers can also be purchased separately at: https://seedsheets.com/collections/all

Joyce Christianson
Joyce Christianson

April 06, 2018

Do you also sell the garden containers?

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