Once the peat has expanded into a tiny sack of what looks black dirt, you press in 2-3 seeds, tamp them down, and put the tray in the sunlight.Here are our rows of mesclun lettuces, beets, cucumbers, beans, and radishes - all quietly germinating in their peat pucks.
When the first small sprouts come up we'll pinch off the weaker ones growing in each pellet and gently water what's left as the pucks dry out. Then these can be planted directly in the ground or in larger pots, which minimizes shock to the young plants.
These are highly convenient and rather fun - is anyone else using these to start their garden this year? You can buy these at any garden center; a bag of these runs about $3. You can also buy them from the online store we featured earlier today:
• Jiffy Peat Pellets, $0.10 each at GrowOrganic
(Images: Faith Hopler)