Starting From Seeds and How to Jumpstart Your Garden

| 5/29/2015 3:35:00 PM

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

  • Starting from seed offers a wider variety of plants.

  • Growing from seed is cheaper.

  • Often produce higher quality harvest.

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.

  • Broccoli

  • Brussels sprouts

  • Cabbage – Sown indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost.

  • Cauliflower

  • Cucumbers – Seedlings will be ready to transplant in a month, cucumbers will grow easily and quickly and one plant can produce a bunch of cucumbers so be sure to space well if you want multiple plants. If you don’t want to transplant just wait until the soil is warm and plant outside!

  • Tomatoes – Start indoors in February or March. When you transplant, plant deeply.

  • Basil – Possibly the easiest herb to grow in your garden. Basil and tomato are perfect for companion planting too. Basil will make your tomatoes taste better and also work to ward off bad bugs that would ruin your garden. So when you transplant your tomatoes, put basil in between your rows.

Start Outside: