starting seeds outside in containers
More questions...but how else will I learn? :)
I wanted to make a little container garden for herbs, veggies, and flowers this year with some leftover seed. Today I planted tomatoes, mint, basil, garlic chives, clematis, and a few varieties of sunflowers in various containers. I originally set them all up outside, right in the sun. But when I did a little more research after planting, what I read seemed to indicate that the seeds could be easily 'cooked' this way and that I could keep them outside, but out of the direct sun.
What I don't understand is...when you direct sow into the ground, the seeds don't get 'cooked' - they usually germinate. So what's different about sowing in containers?
SHOULD I put them back in the sun, or keep them in the warm shade until they germinate? Another note: they aren't covered in plastic to maintain moisture level. I figure that I can keep on top of it myself without having to fool around with lids...but correct me if I'm wrong.
Thanks so much!