Last weekend we sowed seeds for herbs, peppers, and even berries and have our fingers crossed that they'll come up in a few weeks and begin to grow with gusto! (See that tiny little bean sprout in the picture?!)
On a few of the seed packets, we were instructed to cover the pots with plastic wrap to create a miniature greenhouse that will give the seeds a very happy environment and hopefully give them the oomph they need to come up... We buy the cheap stuff, since we're trying to rid the household of it, so our "clingy" wrap didn't live up to its adjective. But we found that weighing it down with small rocks did the trick, and after just a couple of hours, small beads of water had formed and the tiny self-watering ecosystem was on its way.
We consulted the garden guru in our lives (that'd be Mom), and learned that this should create a moist enough environment for the seeds to germinate. However, if the beads of water stop forming, it's time to add a little water to the pot.
Once the seeds sprout, it's off with the plastic wrap. And then, we hope, on with the container garden.