I thought I would take some time and discuss how I get my starter plants ready to go into the ground.
I only start a few varieties from seed. that actually go in the garden. That said I always start enough tomato, peppers and onions to be able to be generous and give most of the plants away.
I start my all of my seeds in a mixture of mushroom soil and compost. Nothing fancy….. Most of what a healthy needs to germinate and thrive is already in the soil mix. (add water)
Once the seeds are in the soil i do keep the soil nice and moist. Once I get seedlings that are up and healthy, about 1 inch I back off on the water.
What I have found that works really well for seedling and watering them is to start them in peat pots and use a boot tray made of hard rubber on which I put the pots.
When I water I pour the water right into the boot tray and let the peat pots absorb the water. This way I water the plants with out disturbing the delicate root system that is trying to take a hold in the soil.