Seed Starting Simplified

Learn how to grow your own garden seedlings. Grow your own Vegetable and Flowers starts, indoors in a little as 6 weeks!

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Attention Gardeners

It's TIME to take your gardening to the next level by learning how to grow your own seedlings!

Are you tired of buying weak, unhealthy vegetable and flower starts from your local nursery? With "Seed Starting Simplified" you will learn to grow your own strong, thriving starts for your garden!

  • If you have ever struggled to grow garden seedlings
  • If you have tried growing your own seedlings in the past and they turned out weak and "leggy"
  • Do you want to grow vegetables earlier (or later) in the season, but can't find starts at your local nursery?
  • Have you read about a new variety of tomato you want to try, but can't find it at a nursery?

Then the skills you are about to learn in this course will change your garden forever!!

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Learn more about why you should buy Seed Starting Simplified

Welcome to Seed Starting Simplified!

"Seed Starting Simplified" is an online course that will teach you the following:

Supplies and Materials

What are the best gadgets and supplies that you will need for growing your own seedlings? This course will teach you the best types of containers to use. Learn why a simple timer and a heat mat will make a world of difference in your seed starting effort. Lights are important to have and in this course you will learn which lights to buy and which to avoid!


You can't just use any old "dirt", when starting your own seedlings indoors! Learn what type of seedling mix to use to get those new plants off to their best start. These mixes can either be bought from a store, or you can even make your own. We will discuss both options!

Caring for you growing seedlings

How you care for you seedlings in the few weeks between germination and moving them out to your garden is key! In this course you will learn how often and how best to water your seedlings. Other questions that will be answered by this course are:

  • What type of fertilizer should you use, when should you apply it and how often
  • How long should your lights be on
  • What are some common problems you might face when growing seedlings
  • And how to solve them.


When should you start your seedlings indoors? How long should each type of vegetable or flower stay indoors before they are transplanted out into the garden? What does "Hardening Off" mean and how do you do it? Learn the answers to all these questions in this course.


Which seeds should you be starting indoors under lights? Which seeds should you plant directly in the garden and not bother with indoors? Do I have to buy new seeds every year? If not, what can I do to make my seeds last for many years? What are hybrid seeds, what are heirloom seeds, and what is the difference?

Putting it all together

As part of this course I take you step by step through the process with a full demonstration of how to plant and grow your own seedlings. So that you see exactly what you need to do.

Combined this course has over 2 1/2 hours of great instruction and you have ongoing access to the course so you can watch it over and over again!

"This course has been very helpful. I never really knew when to sow my seeds. My plants were either ready too soon or too late but now I know. I'll have a lot more confidence in what I'm doing in future, instead of bumbling along and hoping for the best. This was money well spent and I found the whole course interesting."

- Barbara C.


New for 2023 Students

This year we are adding some new features to the "Seed Starting Simplified" course starting with the January 15, 2023 open enrollment sessions:

Private Facebook Group

In January we will be launching a private Facebook group for students of the Seed Starting Simplified course. This will be a great place for you to share your successes and get to know other gardeners

Updates and New Features

Seed Starting Simplified was our first-ever gardening course on the Online Gardening School. 2023 represents the 8th growing season that it has been open and more than 3000 students have taken the course. In 2023 we will be slowing upgrading the video quality and adding new content, all to make this an even better course! And all these new features are included in your purchase!

All of this for the one-time price of only $50.00!

For your investment, you will get:

  • Ongoing access to the two-and-a-half hours of online content (you can watch as often as you like)
  • Access to all upgrades to the 2023 version of the course
  • Access to our new private Facebook Group
  • A subscription to our online gardening newsletter (you can cancel any time)

What other students are saying about

Seed Starting Simplified!

"I am so glad I signed up for this course. I have learned so much and am only half way through. I have "gardened" for years and frankly, have failed miserably at it. I think this year is going to be much better and I can't wait for time for me to start my seedlings."

-Amy J

"It's January in Indiana (where I live). I saw seeds and planting trays at the local home improvement store yesterday and immediately thought "I need to grow some tomatoes and sweet peppers this year!" So I bought the seeds and two trays of 72 peat disks, even had a clear cover! I am all set, right? Nope. Today I discovered the link to this class in my email and thought I would give a peek at the class. I have grown many plants over the years, but have never successfully (key word!) grown from seed. Now I know why! The instructor starts out simply with the three things you need for successful seed growing. After that it was refinement on what constitutes a container, what soil is best, how to provide adequate lighting. The information provided has likely saved the lives of these little future seedlings! I'm very glad I bought the course, my seedlings will be happy as well!"

-Debbie M

"This course is very detailed and informational for beginners and a wonderful reminder for those of us who have had some experience with seedlings."

-Nancy S


Your Instructor

Rick Stone
Rick Stone

Hi guys, I'm Rick Stone and I’m a gardening fanatic! Over the last 25 years I've grown a large garden at my home and it seems like every year that garden gets a little larger! Most years we grow between 800 to 1100 pounds of fresh veggies for our table and tons of great flowers to make our yard look awesome.

I grow all of my own seedlings and we have learned how to extend our garden harvest to 365 days a year. Even in our zone 6 garden! Growing in cold frames and hoop houses is the key!!

I'm a graduate of the Utah State University Master Gardener program and have been teaching classes for many years on gardening basics and year round gardening. For the last 7 years I have been teaching courses online to nearly 1000 students. Come join me and we will learn everything you need to know to have a successful garden!!


Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and is always available for you to watch! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does ongoing access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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