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Growing Vegetable Seeds

Updated on February 7, 2018

Growing Seeds

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Starting Seeds at Home

Many home gardeners start seeds indoors to get a jump start on the growing season, before it is warm enough to start them outdoors. Tomatoes, egg plants and peppers are all plants that are frequently started indoors from seeds, before the growing season officially begins.

What a miracle seeds are! Small little packages of life waiting to burst into plants with a little soil and water. The way seeds are started and the timing for starting them depends on the particular type of seed. For example, broccoli is started 6 weeks prior to the last frost date in your area, while tomatoes are started 8 weeks before the last spring frost.

Starting Seeds Indoors Using Toilet Paper Rolls

Starting Seeds Indoors
Starting Seeds Indoors

Overview of Starting Seeds Indoors

Start Vegetable Garden Seeds Indoors

If you are thinking of starting seeds for a vegetable garden this year, there are two essential pieces of information you need to know: what type of seed you are growing and your last spring frost date. This information is necessary to know when and how to start the seed. There is general seed starting information for all vegetable seeds here, plus general how-to information about starting a seed indoors.

Starting Seeds Indoors

Tomatoes in the Garden

Starting Vegetable Garden Seeds Indoors
Starting Vegetable Garden Seeds Indoors

Starting a Vegetable Seed Indoors

Detailed Information on How and When to Start Vegetable Seeds Indoors

Specific information for each type of vegetable seed can be found on the back of the seed package. Some seeds can be started inside, but others must be directly planted in the garden. The back of the packet also includes information about how deep to plant the seeds, the correct date for starting the vegetable seeds and the correct date for transplanting the seeds outdoors.

Seeds that can be started indoors - from Amazon

Yogurt Containers Saved to Start Seeds

Reuse Yogurt Containers to Start Seeds
Reuse Yogurt Containers to Start Seeds

The Frugal Gardener

Saving and Starting Seeds

A beginning gardener starts a few seeds indoors, or sows them directly in the garden. Quickly hooked on the miracle of creating their own plant from seed. However, experienced gardeners know the value of saving seeds from this year's crop and storing it to plant the next year. Whether saving a seed to encourage particular vegetable traits, or simply to save money on purchasing expensive heirloom ,or organic seeds, seed saving is an art.

Save Fruit and Vegetable Seeds


Grow Peach Tree from Seed or Pit
Grow Peach Tree from Seed or Pit

Grow Peach Tree from Seed

Starting Fruit Trees from Seed or Pit

Many people do not think of growing a fruit tree from a seed or a pit, but it is actually not that difficult to do. Pits like peach and cherry pits, must be cracked gently before attempting to germinate them into a tree. Some seeds, like apple seeds, do not have a pit surrounding the seed and can be germinated simply without the need to first crack the pit. For detailed instructions on how to Grow a Tree from Seed or Pit, check these out:

Grow a Fruit Tree from Seed or Pit

Growing Beans

Growing Beans from Seed
Growing Beans from Seed

Growing Beans from Seed

Beans in the Home Vegetable Garden

Beans are grown by directly sowing the seeds into the garden soil. They are not typically started indoors first. Beans can be bush or pole variety. The bush variety grow low to the ground in a "bush," while the pole variety need a trellis or a pole to climb. Beans are fairly easy to grow and they make great shade for other vegetables in the garden that prefer to be cool, like lettuces.

Growing Your Own Beans at Home

Recycling in the Garden

In addition to saving their own seeds, many green and frugal gardeners learn to start their seeds using environmentally friends pots and limit buying and purchasing expensive items for gardening. Seeds can be started in used yogurt containers, used toilet paper rolls, and used egg cartons quickly and easily. There is a photo above of seeds I started using empty toilet paper rolls. Here are more household items that I retrieved from my recycle box for starting seeds this year.

Yogurt Containers to Start Seeds

It's easy to make garden poles and trellises from recycled materials. A frugal garden utilizes recycled poles, lumber, wire, ropes and tree branches. Some vegetables, like beans and cucumbers, grow on vines and need something to climb. Wooden stakes, ropes, used chicken wire are a few other materials that can be reused in the garden. Your plants will appreciate it and you can put those items to good use instead of filling up landfills.

How to Make a Garden Cloche from Recycled Materials

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      Dimitris 3 years ago

      What I was going to do this year but ran out of money, was get a steel pole and mount it from the house and 4 4 post and then do hanging bckeuts with Tomatoes cucumbers and green peppers, then in the top of the bckeuts spinach lettuce green onions. I did the upside down tomatoes´╗┐ before and worked great just need some compost tea. Maybe next year.

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      Pamela 3 years ago

      I ordered Norfolk Island Pine seeds from a coamnpy regularly seen on the web. I received in the packet, not seeds but pieces of vegetation sort of fan-shaped with no instructions as to handle these vs regular seeds so I handled them the way I would seeds and potted them in peat pots with spagnum as the medium. Only one has germinated so far. I did email the coamnpy asking about the above and got no answer which will eliminate me from buying anything again from them. Howeve it is fun just to experiment with seeds. I recently found a person in my town (Greenville, SC) who deals in bonsai trees and he showed me a zip bag with moist soil and seeds which he had kept in the refrigerator for several months and it appeared that every single seed had germinated.This person has an array of items which I have purchased a few of as needed and has been very helpful.Also, I had used a Jiffy Pot tray with a heating pad which came with it, not costly and very efficient so I put some of the seeds I had ordered from brand X coamnpy and which had not germinated in a bag with damp spagnum and am awaiting the results.The coamnpy I purchased the seeds from made no mention of cold stratification, an interesting procedure, but helpful, if not necessary, in getting seeds to germinate.I guess the moral is to take care who we deal wih when buying anything and ask questions before ordering by phone or email.If there is no contact info my advice is not to buy from them.

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for your ideas about growing vegetable seeds I think it will really help me.

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      joydeepdam 5 years ago

      i liked your idea of re-using used yogurt cups...the "wonderful thing about them is that they are wonderful" for sprouting seed or grow little seedling by making a self watering yogurt container. cheers for your lens :)

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      kingsrookie lm 6 years ago

      i am growing my own bush bean plant and it is doing great! I lvoe gardening, incidentally how long does it take for a peach or cherry tree to grow to blossom

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I saved an Heirloom tomato seed and started a plant. I got one tomato! Yay! In the desert, I consider that a plus.

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      CherrrieB 6 years ago

      I have the seed saving bug. Now where to plant what and when. This is a part of spring I look forward to, as my tomato seedlings are now over an inch high in the bathroom window.