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Sow Your Seeds Indoors

March 1, 2013

Winter may be digging its icy claws into the world, determined not to give up its hold. But we all know Spring will come . . . eventually. You can speed up the process in your own house by starting your vegetable seeds indoors. It’s fun. It’s easy. And it helps beat the late-winter blues.

Sowing your seeds indoors will not only bring you that little burst of life that you need, it will also give your garden a kick-start. Starting your garden inside gives your plants plenty of time to sprout and establish themselves in a controlled environment. It also brings you a few weeks closer to fresh produce.

If you’re new to gardening, consult a guide for your area or talk to a garden specialist about what plants you should start and when. As a general rule, you should start your seeds at least 4 to 6 weeks before you want to transplant your plants into your garden.

Things you’ll need:

  • A space protected from the weather
  • Seeds
  • Seed starting soil, or other nutrient-rich, loosely packed soil for planting
  • Sunlight, or florescent lights if you don’t have a suitable window
  • Water
  • Containers—you can buy plastic trays from your local nursery or simply use an empty egg carton. for containers you can place right in the ground, try sugar cones (you know, the ones you use for ice cream?) because they stand on their own and slowly decompose as you place them in the ground.

Plants to Sow Inside

Remember to check planting guides or your local specialist for the most accurate sowing dates in your area.

  • Asparagus
  • Basil
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Chilli
  • Chives
  • Collards
  • Eggplants
  • Lettuce
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

Doesn’t this list make your mouth water in anticipation for summer produce? Mmm . . .

And when you’re ready to transplant your seedlings outside, our drip watering and hose tap timers will help you water areas that aren’t covered by your underground irrigation system.

So, get those hands in the dirt again and start planting!

 

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