Seed Starting

Seed Starting Indoors

Seed Starting Indoors

Successfully Starting Seeds Indoors
Gardening from seed has several benefits. There are more varieties available to you, you know what's going into your food and flowers because you are growing them, and you'll save money by purchasing seeds rather than plants.

Why start seeds indoors?
Some varieties are best started indoors because you have more control over the growing conditions. Starting seeds indoors extends your gardening season, allowing you to grow varieties that require longer growing times than your area's natural growing season allows. In the case of perennial flowers, an early start can reap first-year blooms.

When is the correct time to start my seeds indoors?
Botanical Interests uses your average last frost date as a guideline for when to sow seed. We identify this as the first day in spring when there is less than a 50% chance a frost will occur. It's also helpful to know your average first fall frost date so you can determine the number of days in your growing season as well as plan your summer and fall sowings.

[Indoor Seed Sowing Guide][1]

How do I start my seeds indoors?
Containers: Almost any container can be used to start seeds including milk or egg cartons, yogurt cups, or plastic trays. When reusing any container, it should be clean and sanitized, and have holes in the bottom that allow excess water to drain. For easy transplanting, try sowing seed in a paperboard, paper, or pulp pot-a biodegradable pot that can be planted directly into the garden.

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