These seed kits would make a great gift for my Mom - do you ship internationally? Unfortunately due to Federal law we are only able to ship seeds and worms within the United States all other home gardening products can indeed be shipped internationally.
Can I plant my seed kit in pots? YES! All of our seeds are suited for Urban Gardens (raised beds/pots) and Sub-Urban Gardens (traditional rows planted in the ground) When planting in raised beds or pots your plants will require more water and regular applications of organic nutrients like compost, worm castings, liquid kelp, seaweed or similar. When choosing soil for your pots we recommend using a blend of 1/3 Peat to retain the moisture 1/3 topsoil for added nutrient and 1/3 compost to create a living soil.
I know what Organic and Non-GMO mean, but what does "Untreated Seeds" mean? Sometimes seeds can be treated with chemicals including pesticides, fungicides, etc that can prolong their storage and prevent some fungal diseases. Unless treated with organic compounds these treatments compromise organic status. Garden Outside The Box only sells seeds that are 100% untreated, USDA Organic and Non-GMO.
Are the seed kits for outside growing only or can you grow them inside? We do recommend outdoor sowing and growing unless noted on the instructions. If you choose many of our seeds can be started indoors using grow lights, florescent hood lights, or a bright sunny window, especially if you live in short season colder climates and want to give your plants a head start. Seedlings started inside will eventually have to be brought outside. Typically windows filter much of the sunlight needed for proper growing therefore to ensure success we recommend planting outdoors.
I live in New York and I want to start my seeds indoors to give them a head start, what kind of dirt do I use? We highly recommend compressed peat or coconut coir pellets . Water, water, water is the most important when germinating seeds. These pellets hold alot of water which makes them forgiving if you oops...forget to water for a day or two. Another bonus with the pellets - when it is time to transplant them outdoors; you plant the whole pellet so there is no disruption to the root system allowing for a better transplant. Any sterile seed starting mix, vermiculite, loose peat, or loose coconut coir are also great seed starting choices. For full indoor seed starting success check out seed starting Table Top Greenhouses that come with full instructions and lots of seed starting tips.
Can I start my seeds in compost? Compost is very dense in nutrient but it lacks water holding capacity which is super important for starting seeds. Depending on the kind of compost being used sometimes it could also contain harmful disease-causing pathogens . We recommend adding up to 10% compost to a seed starting mix or a compost tea could be used after the first set of "true"leaves have formed.
When and how often should I fertilize my seeds? Everything your seed needs to germinate is tucked away inside. Fertilizer is really not needed until you see the first "true" leaves form. We recommend using compost tea, worm castings, liquid kelp, seaweed or similar balanced nutrient. Once your plants are growing in outdoors we recommend "feeding" your soil microbes regularly. If you "feed' your soil - your soil will "feed" your plants. You do this by simply adding organic matter. An easy way to do this is by starting a Vermi Compost worm bin.
Can I use my seed kit in my hydroponic system? Yes! If you live in really hot climates, have poor soil, or just enjoy growing hydroponically our seed kits are compatible as long as they don't contain vegetables.
How many seeds come in a kit? How big of a garden area do I need? Seed counts vary from crop to crop. We over-pack all of our packets giving you more than the minimum seed count as stated. Most of our kits are designed to grow 2 - 4x4 (32 sq ft) raised beds or an 8x8 garden plot (32 sq ft with 2 foot rows between crops). If this is too big save the seeds in a sealed zip lock bag in a dark, dry location until next season. Our seeds have very predictable high germination rates to ensure your growing success. Garden Outside The Box strives to make seed gardening easy and fun. By germinating the right amount of seeds you can skip the thinning process and ensure your garden has proper spacing for air circulation and lots of varieties so you never get tired of what's growing