Growing plants from seeds indoors

If you love succulent tomatoes, mid-March to early April is the time to start your own plants from seed. It's the only way to have the very best tasting and old fashioned heirloom varieties which are not usually available as nursery started plants. It's fun to watch the whole growing cycle and the seed starting process is my favorite way to celebrate the gardening season as I watch baby seedlings grow into sturdy plants bearing wonderfully colored, superb tasting fruits to relish freshly picked.

Why Start Early

Tomatoes are heat-loving plants that need a long warm growing period to grow from seed to fruit. Except in the most tropical areas, all U.S. summers are too short for them to complete their fruiting cycles before summer's end if started directly in the ground, since seeds won't germinate until frosts have ended and weather warms up. We need to give plants a critical headstart by germinating and growing seedlings in the warm indoors in early spring. Then when it warms up outdoors in late spring, we can plant out sturdy, well-established seedlings to bear fruit before cold weather sets in.

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When to Sow Seed Indoors

Generally, the time to start your seeds is about 6- 8 weeks before the last expected spring frost date in your area, planting the seedlings outdoors about 2 weeks after that date. Another way to figure is to plan on setting out sturdy seedlings in the garden when night temperatures stay in the mid-50 degree range both day and night. Count back and sow seeds 6 to 8 weeks before that date normally arrives. If you don't feel confident about timing, consult an experienced gardening friend, or ask at a good garden center or seek the advice of your local Master Gardener program. ( for a Master Gardener State Coordinator list)


Almost all from seeds

2010-05-26 05:16:34 by IamPatSajak

Except I bought like 4 varieties of tomatoes that were already growing and four strawberry plants. I did greenbeans, peas, carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers (jalapeno and two varieties of bell), cucumber, onion, basil, parsley, mint, cilantro, sunflower and probably some other stuff I am forgetting. I started seeds indoors under grow lamps early march.


Doubt it! Plus there are cheap, effective....

2006-10-11 16:53:52 by Dos_-_Pesos

Alternatives (strainers, screens, hair traps, etc.).
My God! Please prove every word of this statement (seems impossible for prudent folks like us!): "The treatments plants are in much...greater-danger...
of being overloaded by clogging food particles that wind up escaping past the drain even with the best [folks'] efforts...."
Virtually nothing gets by our strainers, screens & traps! And when it does, and when that clogs our pipes, a little water pressure (zero chemicals!) cleans pipes out. What's your problem?
But none of this matters!


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