Growing Vegetable Seeds
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.
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 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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.