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Starting Seeds Indoors

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August 10, 2005

When you start seeds in the early spring, you need to keep them gently warmed to get the best rate of germination. The perfect gentle heat is on top of the refrigerator.

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Cover the trays so they won't dry out. You can stack them up if you're starting a lot of seeds.

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May 11, 2017

This page is about 12 steps to sowing seeds indoors. Following these steps you can extend your growing season by as much as two months.

A collection of tomato seedlings.

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January 2, 2017

This is a page about determining when to start seeds indoors. Knowing your hardiness zone, frost dates, and the germination time line for your chosen seeds is important to deciding when to start seeds indoors.

Seedlings on a window sill.

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May 13, 2017

This is a page about what you need to start seeds indoors. With proper light, indoor space, and growing medium, you can get a jump on the growing season.

A row of seedlings in divided pots.

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April 27, 2016

This is a page about recycled drink bottle for watering seeds. Using a small plastic drink or water bottle you can make a convenient device for watering seeds.

Recycled Drink Bottle for Watering Seeds

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January 2, 2017

This is a page about starting seeds under fluorescent lights. When starting seeds indoors, you don't need to buy expensive grow lights, fluorescent lights will do the trick.

Plant seedlings.

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January 2, 2017

This is a page about sprouting seeds. You can often save money and grow plants not readily available at a nursery or big box store, by sprouting your own seeds.

Sprouting Seeds

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March 8, 2010

I live in Nebraska and have decided to start my own garden. I was wondering when do you start planting the seeds indoors so that I can later put them outside?

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I recently bought a second-hand seed sprouter kit, comprising of two plastic ridged trays and a lid, plus a bottom plastic tray. Unfortunately, there are no instructions listed on the box or a leaflet inside.

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March 8, 2014

I am growing a garden this year and starting my seeds inside. My cats keep getting into them. Can I cover them with plastic and still use my grow lights?

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September 27, 2011

I have a vegetable garden and this was my first. It did very well, however, I want to start seeds inside and transfer them into the ground next time.

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So my question is when should I start my seeds inside? I live in the Lubbock, Texas area.

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June 9, 2011

What is the best way to start flower seeds, should I put them in peat pots and wait till they sprout to plant them or should I just put the seeds in the ground and let them grow that way? Help!

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I would like to start some perennial seeds indoors, basically, carnations, dianthus, poppies, etc. How and when do you start them indoors to plant by next spring?

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March 1, 2010

In getting ready for spring seedlings for the garden, I realized just how well my curry herb has done with the 1 liter plastic bottomless bottle over it, secured with a stick.

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April 26, 2011

I love to recycle the plastic containers from single applesauce servings and even plastic baby food containers.

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March 7, 2011

Save empty yogurt cartons to start plant seedlings for your garden in the spring. Empty cardboard egg cartons also work good.

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March 8, 2010

Every year I hear people complain they missed starting their plants indoor. If you are in Missouri, or growing regions 5 (really just check your local USDA zone map), this is the time to start.

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February 8, 2010

Start your seeds indoors, and after they sprout put one plant per small pot in a cold frame outdoors.

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