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How to Start Seeds Indoors

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Winter is waning and spring is finally on it’s way. If you haven’t already been thinking about what to plant in your garden, it is time. Hurray! I love getting my hands in the dirt and watching those little shoots spring up from the soil. This is one of my most favorite times of year (actually, I say that about the beginning of every season).
Planting seed directly in the ground works well for many of my seasonal vegetables, but there are some plants that benefit from a little head start to ensure they get off on the right foot. In my area, where the growing season is short, growing a few variety of plants from seed is not an option.For instance, tomatoes and peppers would never mature and produce before my typical growing season is over. Starter plants are the only viable way to go.
You will find growing plants indoors from seed is not all that difficult and it is much more satisfying to see the process from start to finish. I have written an easy tutorial to help get you started. Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have. I love to help.

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  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Feb 19, 2014

    Thank you for the fantastic tips!

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Feb 20, 2014

    Great tips.

    • The River Prayer Walker
      The River Prayer Walker Silver City, NM
      on Feb 24, 2014

      @Shari@puregrace It is good to start early! by spring you have a great start on a beautiful year!

  • Barbara G
    Barbara G Oakfield, NY
    on Feb 23, 2014

    Will try this immediately

    • Shari@puregrace
      Shari@puregrace Boise, ID
      on Feb 23, 2014

      @Barbara G that's great. Let me know if you have any questions. I love to help.

  • ByLightOfMoon
    ByLightOfMoon Warne, NC
    on Feb 23, 2014

    Thanks for this info

    • Shari@puregrace
      Shari@puregrace Boise, ID
      on Feb 23, 2014

      @ByLightOfMoon I will be posting how to care for your seedlings later this week. Thanks for writing.

  • Brenda
    Brenda Deerfield, NH
    on Feb 23, 2014

    I'm in Southern NH , my 1st Winter here.I can't wait to start seedlings, thanks for the info.

    • Shari@puregrace
      Shari@puregrace Boise, ID
      on Feb 24, 2014

      @Jeanne It depends on what you will be planting. Start brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage) about 4-6 wks before plant out date, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants 6-8 wks out, pumpkins, squash and melons 2-3 wks prior and leafy greens need 3-4 weeks if not directly sown. These are all rough estimates, and depends on the area where your seeds are sown with respect to heat and sunlight. The more heat and sunlight the quicker your seedlings will grow. Don't forget to spend time acclimating them to the outdoors before planting. A very important and necessary piece to strong, thriving plants.

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