Starting Garden Seeds Indoors
How To Start Garden Seeds Indoors
At some point in the winter we begin to dream about spring. We think about the garden we will grow, with all the lovely flowers or tasty vegetables. Even before the frost free date, when it's still too early to plant warm weather crops outside, we can get starting with our gardens by planting seeds indoors.
On this page I'll provide you with some tips on starting your seeds inside, a list of common vegetables that work well when started inside, charts on when to start seeds inside, and also show you some books and equipment (such as a Grow Light) which may be helpful to you in starting your seeds inside!
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What You'll Find Here
Gardening Tips, Equipment, and Seeds
Tips and Information On Starting Garden Seeds Inside
Equipment / Supplies for Starting Garden Seeds Inside
Books about Starting Seeds Inside or Gardening
Why Start Seeds Inside?
Growing vegetables from seeds is much cheaper than buying small transplants.
Starting seeds in pots inside gives slower growing plants a headstart on the growing season! It also allows flowers to bloom a little early than they would otherwise!
The New Seed Starter's Handbook - Why start plants from seed?
In this new version of The Seed-Starter's Handbook, Bubel provides us with information on starting seeds indoors, moving plants outdoors, and saving seeds.
The book also offers a nice "encyclopedia of plants to grow from seed" along with the characteristics of dozens of vegetables, flowers, and herbs.
Although some seeds do fine when planted outside, there are a few that do much better when given a headstart inside! These include:
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How To Start Seeds Inside
1. Fill trays or pots with potting soil. (Potting soil is better than topsoil for plants that are in pots.)
2. Moisten the soil.
3. The seeds should be planted in the soil at a depth of about 1 1/2 times the size of the seed.
4. Cover with loose soil and press every so gently. You don't want to compact the soil.
5. Keep the seeds moist and warm.
6. After they germinate, move them to a location where they can get some sun or light from a grow light.
7. Continue to keep them watered, but don't allow the plants or seeds to sit in water.
Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors - How To Start Your Garden Indoors
25-Plant Starter Kit - Jiffy Professional Greenhouse
This Seed Starter Kit can be used inside or in a greenhouse. Grow the plants right in the tray! You can cover them with the clear lid to help keep the moisture and heat in!
Starting with Jiffy pellets makes transplanting your plants into the garden later easy! You just plant the whole thing in the ground!
Windowsill Greenhouse 24-Plant Starter Kit - Jiffy Seed Starter Kit
This windowsill greenhouse comes with a tray and pellets. The pellets expand when exposed to water. You'll plant your seeds in these expanded pellets.
A Few Tips For Starting Seeds Inside
- Don't forget to label your pots if you plant more than one type of seed!
- The larger the plants will be when they are full size, the larger the flat you should use for germinating the seeds.
- Instead of topsoil or garden soil, use potting soil for your seeds.
- Use room temperature water on your seeds and young plants. Colder water from the hose or faucet may chill the roots of your plants and slow their growth.
Hydrofarm Germination Station with Heat Mat - Seed Germination Station gives warmth to the planting bed, while controlling the humidity
This germination station has electric heat, a humidity control and 72-cell seedling inserts. The humidity dome on the germination station has dual vent points for optimal airflow. Seed starting booster, and instructions with growing tips are included.
The heating pad under the tray provides gentle warmth to encourage your seeds to germinate!
Jiffy Pots - Jiffy Pots are great for starting seeds indoors!
These jiffy pots are made with Canadian sphagnum peat moss. Comes with 10 in a pack.
This is a light system to assist in starting seeds, propagating cuttings, and growing plants indoors.
Did you know you can adjust the height of the light?
This is a small greenhouse with 4 shelves. It's great for seed propagation, as well as growing and displaying houseplants! The plastic cover has a full length roll up zipper to help hold the heat in.
This Mini Greenhouse can be placed on a deck, a patio, a balcony, or just about anywhere else!
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Grow Your Own Herbs For Cooking - Assortment of 12 Culinary Herb Seeds
Create a beautiful and edible herb garden!
Italian Parsley, Thyme, Cilantro, Sweet Marjoram, Sweet Basil, Dill, Oregano, Sage, Mustard, Garlic Chives, Chives, and Summer Savory!
When To Start Seeds Inside... - ...so they'll be ready at the right time for outdoor planting
- When to Start Seeds Indoors - A Chart
The chart on this page lists common plants started by seeds along with information on how much before the frost free date you should plant them inside.
- Starting Plants from Seeds
This page by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service is full of valuable information about starting seeds indoors. It includes information about sowing seeds, watering them, hardening them, transplanting them, etc.
Gardening Books - Information on Gardening
This book is based on the The New York Times Gardeners Q&A column, where answers are given to gardening questions sent in by people across the United States. The most helpful ones are provided in this book! Chances are, your questions are answered in this book too! The book includes hundreds of drawings to illustrate gardening techniques, etc.
Looking for gardening tips, remedies, and short-cuts? Then this is the book for you! For example, did you know that you can discourage rabbits by sprinkling baby powder over your seedlings? Or that you can use spoiled milk to help a plant get over a virus? Do you know how to make a natural insecticide out of basil? Much of what you'll need are everyday things like vinegar, garlic, and cornmeal!
This book is great for those who vegetable gardening! Included is information about planning your beds, (including raised ones), preparing your soil, planting your seeds, maintaining and harvesting your garden, garden pests, and information about particular vegetables!
Want some guidance on the right time to carry out various garden tasks?
If you don't have a lot of space to garden, consider vertical gardening!
How To Start Garden Seeds Inside
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This gardening webpage was created on 1/4/12.
Page last updated 8/22/14.