Make sure your orchid is ready to show off its flowers in the spring.
Starting seeds indoors gives you a head start on the season and lets you try new plant varieties.
Although some types of seeds are best sown directly in the garden, many annuals and vegetables, especially frost-sensitive ones that require a long growing season, are ideal for starting indoors and transplanting out once the weather warms.
Fill a clean tray with an organic soil-free seed-starting mix that has been moistened with water, preferably a mix that's one part milled peat moss and one part vermiculite, with some perlite. Make shallow indentations using the long side of a ruler or a paint-mixing stick. This keeps the rows straight and neat. The depth depends on the type of seeds; follow the directions on the seed packet.