Giving the Garden a Boost

| 1/24/2018 2:00:00 PM

Country Moon 


The seed catalogs have been streaming in. They all promise succulent vegetables, gorgeous flowers and all in all, a bountiful harvest. I love paging through them and my mind always thinks that my garden will look like those in the seed catalogs even though I know reality is usually something different.

However, this year I plan on giving the garden a little boost and I don’t mean fertilizer. I have never started plants inside and transplanted them, either for lack of inspiration or fear of being unsuccessful. There is always that window when plants are transplanted that sets them back for a few days and they go through their ugly stage. But, with just a little know-how, this can be avoided and you can give your garden a boost with a minimal amount of effort.

The first step is to know which plants will do well started indoors and which prefer starting in the outdoor sunshine. Vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and onions do well with an inside boost. Radishes, carrots, leaf lettuce, beets, peas and beans are fine to start in direct soil. This isn’t to say that they cannot be grown inside if you want to grow them to have fresh vegetables to munch during the cold months.

The basic guideline is to start your seeds indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost date for your area. This usually falls in February or March for most locales. It is sometime during this time span that cool weather vegetables can be planted outside. It is an unwritten rule of thumb that potatoes should be planted on Good Friday, regardless.

2/2/2018 10:15:13 AM

Lois, looks like you have done your research and have great information to start seeds inside.It's not as hard as it seems. Most plants can get a bit leggy but that's the beauty of transplanting. With most plants they can be transplanted up to the first set of leaves and produce an awesome root system. The key is to over start seeds and have the tenacity to get rid of the runts. Don't try to save every seedling. Grow only the strongest and most vibrant. I know it was hard for me to do that as well but it is a must. ***** Have a great seed starting day. ***** Nebraska Dave

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