How I Start Vegetable Seeds Indoors
Now’s a great time to pick up your vegetable seeds at your local garden center as the seed racks are full. The seed packs provide seed starting info about planting and spacing and some say that you can get an earlier start by planting your seeds indoors 4 to 10 weeks ahead of your outdoor planting date.
Here are five tips for indoor seed starting:
- Use a special seed starting planting mix (click this link to learn about one that really works well)
- Your seedlings will need a sunny location or place them about 8 inches below plant lights. If there is not enough light, they can become tall and spindly.
- Some seeds, like Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Lettuce can germinate in cool soil. Peppers, Tomatoes and Eggplant require warm soil. Special seed mat heating pads are a big help when germinating Peppers and Tomatoes.
- When your seedlings have several leaves, begin feeding them with Miracle-Gro. (Click this link to learn about Miracle-Gro All Purpose Plant Food and this link to learn about Miracle-Gro Liquid Quick Start Plant Food.)
- Pay attention to seed packet info on when to plant relative to your “average last frost date”. (Here is a link to a website that provides average first and last frost dates.) For example, per the seed pack we know tomato seeds should be planted inside about 6 weeks before the average last frost date for our area.
Here are links to two short videos from several years ago when we lived in Ohio showing tomato and pepper seeds being started indoors and one shot later when these same plants were being planted in our garden.
That’s it! Bet you can’t wait to get started!