Guide To Starting Seeds Indoors
Seeds are a satisfying and thrifty alternative to purchasing flower and vegetable transplants in spring. Starting seeds indoors gives the gardener control over crop timing, as well as a greater selection of varieties (including many heirlooms that are not often sold as transplants).The health of your seeds begins with the plants that produce them.
Seed producing plants should be robust and disease-free. Strong, healthy plants produce healthy seeds and seedlings that are larger, more-viable and more-vigorous than seedlings produced by weak, diseased, drought-stressed or chronically-hungry plants. Small or misshapen seeds are shorter-lived under storage conditions than larger, better-formed seeds.
This technique is particularly helpful for tender crops like tomatoes, squash, and peppers. This article provides a road map to help you successfully raise healthy plants from seed. In addition to guiding you through the top tips of planting from seed, we also illustrate how our online Garden Planner can help you determine a timeline for starting seeds in your local area.