Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors: Planting, Watering, Feeding Tomatoes & Peppers- KIS Series (3)

Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors: Planting, Watering, Feeding Tomatoes & Peppers- KIS Series (3)

This is the 3rd video in this KIS series. Here is a simple way to start your tomatoes and peppers indoors. I cover planting, watering and feeding. Use a processed or organic fertilizer at a NPK of 5-5-5 or lower. Just use this information as basic guidelines. Start your tomatoes 6-8 weeks and peppers 8-12 weeks before your night time temperatures hover regularly around 50 degrees F.

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  1. Pam Brooks on October 19, 2019 at 4:32 am


  2. Cindy Howison on October 19, 2019 at 4:33 am

    I live in Maryland too soooo is it too late for me to start? i’m new at this!

  3. Chris Carvallo on October 19, 2019 at 4:33 am

    thanks great help , I’ve even watering from the top

  4. Homesteading and High Heels on October 19, 2019 at 4:34 am

    Hello. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I love your common sense approach to gardening. I have a question about diseases in seedlings. my squash seedlings have a few leaves that have the dusty look of wilt. They have never been outside, they are planted in new starting mix and the reused 6 packs were washed and bleached before use. my tomato seedlings seemed to have yellowing and dried up leaves that remind me of tomato wilt. I’ve never had a problem like this in seedlings before. The tomatoes were way over seeded but have been replanted. The only other thing I can think of that may have caused an issue is this is the first year I’ve ever fertilized my seedlings. I used a product called Super thrive The Original Vitamin Solution. Thank you for any guidance you can offer. I have 100 tomato plants and 20 squash/ cucumber plants and I’m in a panic.

  5. smb12321 on October 19, 2019 at 4:35 am

    LOL I’ve panted seedlings for years and have never gone to such trouble. I simply wet the soil (a good seed starter) and wait. (The room stays around 70.) I try to catch rain water vs tap water when I can. Then I start the transplanting and pruning. 95$ germination rate this year and my tomatoes are already 3 inches tall.

  6. AM44 _ on October 19, 2019 at 4:35 am

    Love your videos! Thank you so much, any specific type of soil I need for transplanting? My brandy wine heirlooms are about 4 inches tall and I’m planning on transplanting soon, they are currently growing and have germinated in rock wool

  7. Todd Gibson on October 19, 2019 at 4:38 am

    Gary, same principles for flowers?

  8. Jackie Horsley on October 19, 2019 at 4:38 am

    enjoyed your video

  9. Laura Cash on October 19, 2019 at 4:40 am

    Do you use tap water to water seedlings? This year, just as last year, my plants look as though i may be over fertilizing (purple underneath leaves and yellowing leaves around tips) but otherwise look healthy. I’ve only used diluted worm tea once on the plants after the true leaves emerged. Any thoughts? Could it be minerals/chlorine in the tap water?

  10. K Drop on October 19, 2019 at 4:40 am

    Hey Gary , when u have to acclimate plants to the sun, is the same needed when one is bringing into a grow tent? (from sun to grow light) Thanx lov ur vids

  11. Cheryle Grognet on October 19, 2019 at 4:41 am


  12. Jennifer Pratt on October 19, 2019 at 4:41 am

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  13. Cake on October 19, 2019 at 4:45 am

    hi, i have a doubt reg tomatoes. I have 4 hybrid variety tomato plants growing in a single grow bag. There are 16 tomatoes so far in these plants and still more flowers are blooming. But the sizes are too small and they have already begun to ripen. They are only the size of a lemon even though they should be larger. what could be the cause of this? And secondly, how many tomatoes does a plant usually yield? thanks

  14. Mandy Avila on October 19, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Thank you for all the information. Great videos!

  15. cheri noda on October 19, 2019 at 4:46 am

    so good!

  16. BeadsNyarn on October 19, 2019 at 4:48 am

    This was very helpful! Thank you for sharing

  17. Kirk on October 19, 2019 at 4:49 am

    Simple garden seeder.
    Can use on all type of seed including pepper and tomato.

  18. Juanita Moncebaiz on October 19, 2019 at 4:49 am

    Thank you Gary, I leave in Chicago the temperature inside is 65 I think is a bit to cold. Can I plant KALE, indoors the same way I believe they require a bit colder temperature right?

  19. Bernard Beal on October 19, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Made much too complicated

  20. Miss_Cats on October 19, 2019 at 4:50 am

    I love your videos 🙂 You’ve taught me everything I know about gardening!

  21. William Coley on October 19, 2019 at 4:51 am

    Can a person start seeds in a small piece of sponge, im using a tower setup this year which I do not want any dirt in the system Because of the pump

  22. fabio brown on October 19, 2019 at 4:53 am

    What do you do with all these plants

  23. paul potato on October 19, 2019 at 4:53 am

    do u keep on buying seeds or use the ones from the grow?

  24. erzebeth cavanaugh on October 19, 2019 at 4:54 am

    I have a tomato plant, and it is already 3 and half weeks old. Last 2 days i didnt water it since in the manual it instructed water 3-5 days. Aftr 2 days of not watering it, it looks it was gonna die, like its trunk just fall. So i watered them again, and now theyre ok!

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  26. China Floyd on October 19, 2019 at 4:56 am


  27. hanaparvizian on October 19, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Gary-what do you think of using the paper towel/ziploc plastic bag system for germinating vegetable seeds indoors on a heating pad?
    As for soil-less medium for seeds-sphagnum peat moss combination with perlite and compost would work also?
    What’s your recommended method?
    All your videos are very informative,and clear,thank you for sharing.

  28. Bryce Leonardo on October 19, 2019 at 4:58 am

    Am i the only one who seems to have the seed starting mix harden up or at least seems like it hardens up?

  29. melicia costa on October 19, 2019 at 4:59 am

    This was very helpful..thank u so much

  30. MyREDTAIL on October 19, 2019 at 4:59 am

    Mircle Gro plant food is great stuff

  31. Mara A on October 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Never use synthetic fertilizers that are not organic. Epa facilitates these fertilizers to mix it with coal power plants (mercury) waste, industrial waste, metal waste ……. you don’t need to believe me. Ck the epa

  32. Matt on October 19, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Burying seeds is pointless, who is out in the forest burying seeds, most grow by simply blowing in and growing.

  33. Samir Samir on October 19, 2019 at 5:02 am

    when u say keep them in the light for 3 days, is it any light in my house or a specific light that made for plants u mean?

  34. michael murphy on October 19, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Thank you for the in depth video. These videos are wonderful. I refer back to them often. I am always learning new things each time I view your videos. like the comment below this post, I put the organic lime, garden tone into the pot soil of my tomato plants. they are surviving with covers at night for the low temps in Md. but the dogs are trying to sniff and would eat the soil.
    What do you advise to do with my organic-loving dogs to keep them out of the tomatoes until I get them in the ground?
    will I also  have a problem there is I add the organic products? And will I have that problem with my 5 gallon pots?

  35. Baby Cheesa on October 19, 2019 at 5:06 am

    I’m in Canada today is -35. I started the plants in the indoor green house.

  36. Alise Ephemerali on October 19, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Hello, Gary! What about rabbit poop for use as a fertilizer? I raise meat rabbits and have tons of droppings! Will fungus growth be an issue?

  37. Clint Astle on October 19, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Gary, if I want to use LED lights, do I have to use a special kind? I just grabbed a 4 ft light from the lighting department for$20. That was half the cost of the 2 ft "grow light". Now I’m wondering if that’s ok.

  38. Sandy Chapman on October 19, 2019 at 5:12 am

    Hi there, I built the light per your instructions, planted my Tomatoes I think they germinated on the 7th day. Today is the 11th day. They are looking great. Thanks to you.. So the question is I am getting a bit of very light white to grey powdery mildew maybe? Is this something I should worry about, or fix. I so bad want to go in and scratch up the surface…. I am sure that is not right….. I planted 72 and 72, I think each box has a plant. We plant Super Sioux and I found a wonderful Czech Bush which are wonderful. I am in Kansas. I am now going to go down to light on only 18 hours a day.. I have left the light down so they get thick. I think I will now start raising it by 1/2 inch when I see them touching?
    Thank you for you time. Sandy

  39. Bob Ballou on October 19, 2019 at 5:15 am

    Hi. Excellent video series. I am watching them all, and learning a lot. With regard to starting plants like peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, etc., I understand that it can be just as good, if not better, to start them in larger (4") pots, as you note. In that regard, what about using cow pots? Should I follow the same bottom-watering process you describe? If so, will the bottoms hold out over the several weeks of indoor growing, or possibly start breaking down? Thanks.

  40. Bobos Curse on October 19, 2019 at 5:20 am

    Gary…I love your videos. I’m learning a lot. This is the first time I’ve ever started my own plants from seeds. I learned that I started zucc, cukes, pumpkins, beans and peas WAY too early! I was shooting for mid-April but it’s only March 20 and they are all flowering in their cups!

  41. Professor Spano on October 19, 2019 at 5:22 am

    I use tweezers when I work with my seeds.  I know how many seeds I am using and how deep I am planting them.  That also means that there is very little chance for me to waste seeds.

  42. Midwest Film Co on October 19, 2019 at 5:23 am

    Hey Gary. I’m wondering what kind of light cycle tomatoes & jalapeños need when growing from seed. Can I leave the grow light on all the time or do I need to cycle it at night? Thanks! Love the channel!

  43. Belinda on October 19, 2019 at 5:25 am

    Great info! I got the itch for growing some veggies ! I think I started late. Wish me luck 😉

  44. Rapid Gardening on October 19, 2019 at 5:26 am

    Hi Im new to Youtube but I garden and have been for a while. If you dont mind subscribing so I can put out my first garden video 🙂

  45. Dylan Kerr on October 19, 2019 at 5:27 am


    Thanks so much for all of these videos. I’m absolutely addicted. This is my second season experimenting with seed starts and container vegetable gardens after discovering your blog. It is such an amazing feeling to grow stuff, and I now have indoor plants all over the place to keep me busy through the winter months.

    I have two questions about watering.

    1) Do you water immediately after setting up your seed trays, or do you let the pre-moistened starter mix dry out at the top first?

    2) In a tray of 72 cells, where 3×3 cells are drying out at different rates, do you:

    a) wait until everything needs water even if some cells get really dry;

    b) water the tray once most cells need water even if some cells could go a day or two more; or

    c) pull out the cells that don’t need water, and water those separately once ready?

    I suspect it is c) but I want to avoid having every 3×3 cell on its own watering schedule. So I’m wondering how much leeway you give watering and whether too much or too little water is the bigger problem.

    Thanks again for sharing all your hard work with us!


  46. Levynwbt on October 19, 2019 at 5:27 am

    Very nice job! I am grwoing under LED, my veg love it!

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  48. Polish Landscaper on October 19, 2019 at 5:28 am

    bottom watering, I use to do exactly the same, helpful to keep moisture and don’t be messy around pots 🙂

  49. dalexdalex on October 19, 2019 at 5:30 am

    I’m sorry, but I don’t understand. You’ve said that is not necessary to add fertilizer in the begging. But later you put the prepared water, before placing the seeds. Maybe I didn’t unerstand something…

  50. fitness927 on October 19, 2019 at 5:31 am

    I may have missed this, but how many hours of light each day? Also, is this in any way a fire hazard? Thank you!

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