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Starting Seeds Indoors

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Often it is recommended that certain seeds be started indoors in order to get a jump start on the growing season. This is a guide about starting seeds indoors.
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February 25, 2010

Winter is breaking, Spring is around the corner, and once again, I'm looking at all of the garden catalogs, but one thing is different this year. My husband lost his job, and we can't buy anything we want. Thank goodness I love starting plants from seed.

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September 12, 2017

I am in the process of planting several thousand pansy seed. This being my first time to grow pansies from seed, I really wasn't prepared. I have various trays and flats about, and just about anything else that will hold the seedlings until they're ready for transplanting.

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April 9, 2012

When it's time to transplant my seedlings into larger pots, I usually have a good supply of recycled plastic yogurt cups. But this year, I ran out of them. This turned out to be a good thing as it forced me to try something new. And probably even better.

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April 1, 2009

I am going to start this by saying, "My husband is the best." He helps me with everything and he is always encouraging me to find new things that I love and enjoy.

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August 2, 2010

I love collecting seeds to propagate. I have been most successful in sprouting even difficult seeds by creating my own tiny greenhouse. I could buy one, but I prefer to use what I find in my own recycle bin.

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April 1, 2011

To plant seeds and not take up a lot of space, use vinyl pouches and hang them on your windows with suction cups and water them with a turkey baster. This works well in a window that gets a lot of warm southern exposure light.

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March 17, 2017

Maybe one day I'll have an honest to goodness greenhouse. Til that day, I'll continue to 'make do' with what I have.

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February 4, 2013

I have my medicine in my purse so I always stuff the doser cup with toilet tissue or facial tissue. It makes these darling little seed starters. I am going to make some of these for this spring, and put a little bit of honey in the bottom of it.

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April 22, 2013

An easy way to sprout seeds is to put the seed on a coffee filter and fold it over. Wet it and put it in a baggie. Close the baggie and wait for it to sprout.

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April 20, 2010

I use my strawberry container, or any type that has a clear top, to start my plants and veggies in. This acts as a mini green house for free. It keeps the moisture in and is able to get plenty of natural sun. This way you can get a head start on your gardening

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March 1, 2010

It's March. Time to start your garden seedlings! You know the clear egg cartons and the clear croissant or cookie containers with clear lids that you get at the grocery store? Don't throw them away! Buy seed starter discs and soak them in these containers.

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February 22, 2016

Do you start your own seeds each spring? Start saving your orange, grapefruit, Cutie, and such peels. Instead of peeling them normally, first slice them in half. Use the empty halves to fill with soil and your seeds. I have some old rusty muffin pans I use to stand them up in. You plant the entire thing.

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March 14, 2005

I read somewhere and am looking forward to trying this with my granddaugher. Start seeds in empty egg shells. Treat the carton like a lil green house. After plants have reached a size to plant, put egg shell which you've crushed into the ground.

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April 4, 2011

Save your paper or other take-out coffee cups to plant seeds in if you start seeds for the garden in the house, as we do here in upstate NY.

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September 11, 2013

I did not have good luck with starting plants from seeds until I started using Jiffy 7 peat soil pellets indoor seed starter.

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March 22, 2011

Use the inner plastic lining from a biscuit tin or an egg box to sow seedlings before transferring out of doors or into larger pots. Saves a few cents.

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March 13, 2008

On February 1st, we planted tomatoes, peppers, basil, and peppermint. We are going to experiment with our Wall O Waters this year, so are preparing our plants well ahead of the normal Mother's Day planting date in our area.

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August 10, 20050 found this helpful

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. 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, 20171 found this helpful

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

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April 27, 20161 found this helpful

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

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January 2, 20170 found this helpful

This is a guide 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.

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May 13, 20170 found this helpful

This is a guide 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.

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January 2, 20170 found this helpful

This is a guide 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.

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January 2, 20170 found this helpful

This is a guide 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.

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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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May 23, 2007

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. 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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September 11, 2012

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, 20100 found this helpful

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, 20110 found this helpful

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

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March 7, 20110 found this helpful

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, 20100 found this helpful

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, 20100 found this helpful

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

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