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Starting From Seeds and How to Jumpstart Your Garden

James WhiteThere are a few reasons why starting from seed makes sense.

Start Indoors:

Get your garden going before the ground thaws by planting seeds indoors. With so many crops that are easy to germinate and sprout inside, why wait for the last frost of the year to pass before you start growing?

When choosing seeds for early start, make sure you pick plants that can handle some root disturbance so they’ll survive the transplant.

Plants started indoors tend to have a higher survival rate. Before transplanting, you need to harden off the seedlings. Do so by moving the containers to a shaded area with indirect sunlight for a few days, then put containers in the sun for one hour, then the next day a couple hours – gradually increasing their exposure to their new environment.

Start Outside:

These plants are ready to be sown outside once the weather is right. Read your seed packets for information on when to plant each crop but generally you want to wait until the last frost of the year has come. Need to clear out some space for a garden first? No worries, you can rent equipment to clear your land and till the soil to get you ready to plant.

There are so many easy to grow vegetables that your family should be able to eat fresh and healthy all season long. Starting from seed may seem like more work than seedlings, but the extra effort will bring stronger and better quality plants – at a lower cost.

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