I made my first attempt at starting seeds indoors 3 days ago. I now have a nice, healthy carpeting of white fuzzy mold on the top of my peat pots (and broccoli seedlings poking out, yay!). I've seen from a few threds (e.g. [url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=33323]this one[/url]) that my pots are probably way too wet. Whoops. I kind of wondered if I might be overwatering when I set everything up.
I'm using a "soil" mix that seems to match the recommendations I've read in seed starting guides. It's made of sphagnum, peat, vermiculite, perlite, and I believe some sand as well. In reading through my guides again, I see that I'm supposed to "moisten" this soil before adding it to my pots, rather than "wetting" it.
The question I have is, how moist is "moist"? I know I need enough water to let the seeds germinate, but obviously it's quite possible to overdo it. Do you folks have any recommended techniques for properly moistening the soil without overwetting it?
If it helps to know, I'm germinating my seeds in peat pots tucked together in a deep foil baking pan, with saran wrap over the top. I removed the saran wrap when I saw the mold, but that doesn't seem to have killed it.