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How To Start Your Outdoor Garden Indoors

Updated on January 31, 2013

As it is nearing spring it is a good time we start thinking about starting off your outdoor garden indoors. It's good to get a head start on it so your plants will be old and strong enough to withstand the cold nights of spring. Certain plants are especially better off started indoors. Things like tomatoes, corn, watermelon, pumpkins and other fruits and vegetables that bare large fruit or take a long enough time to mature.

When some plants are not started early you can end up with things half grown, plants not getting to the point where they yield anything, etc. With corn you may end up with cobs that only contain half the kernels or are very small cob. Tomatoes may be tiny and very green. Pumpkins may grow into small round balls and then rot away or not produce many pumpkins at all. Beans and other plants with normally high vegetable yields may not yield anything.If you haven't saved seeds from a previous year, then be sure to buy them along with other supplies you might need.


  • Peat moss planting cups or empty toilet paper rolls
  • Fresh soil.
  • Seeds of your choosing.
  • Thick paper towels or a J-Cloth and a plate.
  • A spoon for digging
  • Tags for marking the plants
  • A window sill and plenty of sunlight
  1. You can start off by germinating your seeds.
  2. You can do this by saturating a wet thick paper towel or a J-Cloth, placing the seeds on one half of the cloth and folding the other side over.
  3. This gets the seeds started off. It'll take a few days, depending on the seed. Some do take much longer than others.
  4. Be sure to keep the cloth saturated enough. It can dry out quickly, so keep a close eye on it every day, or it will kill off your seeds.

Make sure from the start that you are placing your seedlings in an area where they will get the sunlight that they need. If you are just coming out of winder also be sure that drafty windows don't cause cold temperatures that may stunt the plants before they have a chance to start.

Once your seeds have started sprouting, it's time to plant. Have your moss cups or along with marked tags that indicate which plants are in which cups. Fill them with a rich, dark soil, place the plant and cover. Pat it down, not too hard to disturb the plant. For each one you plant, mark it right away to identify the plant so you don't mix them up.

Planting cups are great for starting your garden indoors. Once the plant is ready to go outside, there is no need to transplant the fragile sprout because you can plant the cup itself into the ground and the roots will grow through the cup because it's all organic peat moss. It mixes right in with the ground. If you're looking for a more cost effective, eco-friendly, DIY way around this, you can also use empty toilet paper rolls as well. Just be sure not to over water as this may invite mold or bacteria to grow.


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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      Eiddwen - thanks for reading!

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      Msmillar - coffee, very interesting!

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      Gail Meyers - yes I can hardly wait for spring.

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      Lipnancy - that is probably best for some plants for sure :)

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      Riviera Rose - happy to help :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much for sharing this one; I am saving into my gardening folder.

      Enjoy your weekend.


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      Joanna 4 years ago from Valley Springs

      Nice terrektwo! My daughter is doing a science experiment right along this line (she's in 4th grade). Will a seed germinate in a liquid other than water? Guess what....seeds germinated fastest! Great hub, voted up.

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the reminder! Both the reminder to start planting and the reminder that spring is just around the corner.

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      We start all our plants indoors first. I look at it like they were babies... don't want them to go into the world before they are ready.

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      Riviera Rose 4 years ago from South of France

      Love this - especially recycling old loo-roll cardboard! I've always been a bit timid about starting things from seed, so you've really inspired me - thanks!