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I remember my father pulling out the Jiffy Peat Pellets every spring. He’d fill Mom’s large glass Pyrex baking dish with warm water and let me drop in the round disks of compressed peat moss. I loved watching them float around the dish, absorbing all the water and expanding into puffy pots ready for sowing seeds into.

For seed starting, these pellets are about the most convenient and easiest method to use. Once the pellets expand with water, you press the seeds into the hole, cover them, and you’re done. You need to keep the peat moist, but not wet, while the seeds germinate — don’t allow the pots to stand in water.

 A plastic salad greens containor from the supermarket is good to use for holding the peat pots. It allows you to water from the bottom by pouring water directly into the container rather than on top of the pots, risking washing away the seeds or damaging tender seedlings. You can also close the lid or keep it open regulating the amount of humidity required until your seeds germinate.

Jiffy-7 Peat Pellets store easily and save the trouble of using potting soil and plastic pots. One note though on planting out your peat pellets:  take the extra step of peeling away the thin netting around the pot before you put your seedlings in the ground. Although it’s supposed to be degradable, oftentimes the netting can strangle the roots, so it’s best to gently peel it away as you’re planting.

I still love the smell of warm damp peat at seed sowing time. Jiffy-7 Peat Pellets are a great way to start not only your young seedlings but your young gardeners, too!

text and photo by Ann D. Travers

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