Start Your Seeds Indoors For A Jump On Spring Planting

 


Article by: Mary Hanna

Spring is creeping in, hallelujah, and it's time for us to start digging in the dirt. For all of you frustrated gardeners that live in colder climes I bet you can't wait to start planting your garden , Three Tips for a Better and Cheaper Lawn beds with flowers, , How To Find Cheap Delivery In Your Area herbs , Flower Crabapples: A Baker's Dozen and vegetables. , How to Choose a Perfect Wood Porch Swing Over the long winter , Pesticides you forget how much you miss those showy blooms and the riot of color , Who Sells Flower Bulbs? a beautiful garden , Lap Pools Great Exercise Inside Or Any Size Backyard can supply.

If you live up north, there are a variety of ways to cope with the short growing season. , Is it Really Teak Wood? Caveat Emptor! (Part One) Frost, which can happen as late as May or June, delays your plans , How To Find Cheap Flower Delivery In Your Area for planting seeds. , Daylily Just Plum Happy With the many quick growing plants , Teak Umbrella : Add the Final Touch to Your Patio this does not pose a problem but with vegetables , Like Fall Flowers - A Tip To Care For Your Winter Garden Pond and ornamentals a little head start is very helpful for healthy, , How To Make Moss On Your Landscape Rocks And Garden Statues lush plants. , Some Simple Gardening Tips to keep your Garden Tip-Top after the Winter Months

Starting those plants , Daylily Just Plum Happy indoors solves the problem of unwelcome frost. Getting an early start indoors , 5 Things To Consider Before Purchasing a Push Reel Mower will really make a difference for frost intolerant plants. , Tomatoes: History, Origin, Facts... or Fiction? Another benefit of starting seeds , Is it Really Teak Wood? Caveat Emptor! (Part One) indoors is that as soon as the frost danger has passed, you can plant , Watering and Tending to Your Bamboo Correctly your seedlings into your garden , Water s giving you a good extra month of gorgeous blooming flowers. , Ceiling Patio Heaters

When starting seeds , How To Find Cheap Flower Delivery In Your Area indoors, you must simulate the same conditions as those planted outside. , A Beautiful Rose Is Nature's Gift Your basics for all plant , Daylily Just Plum Happy life, whether inside , Some Simple Gardening Tips to keep your Garden Tip-Top after the Winter Months or out, are soil, , New Uses For Old Plants water , Care Tips for Planting and Growing Orchids Inside Your House and light. , Amaryllis - A Perfect Flower For the Festive Season The difference is that your indoor , Choosing Lawnmowers For Cutting Grass On Tennis Courts seedlings will need a little more attention and each plant , Care Tips for ing and Growing Orchids Inside Your House will have its own considerations.

Always start with sterilized soil, , Compost YES, Epsom Salts NO this is essential. There is a fungus known as Damping-off-Disease that can wipe out your hard work in a matter of days. For some reason the propagation of plants , Like Fall Flowers - A Tip To Care For Your Winter Garden Pond indoors allows just the right conditions for the spores of these fungi to grow , Watering and Tending to Your Bamboo Plant Correctly rampantly.

You can easily avoid this plight by using sterile soil , Tomatoes: History, Origin, Facts... or Fiction? or a sterile medium. You can use your own soil , Understanding Nutrients but it involves a lot of work and may not be worth the effort when commercial mediums are readily available. To use your own soil, , Hibiscus Tea you must sterilize it in the oven after sifting out the clumps and debris. Most commercial mediums sometimes referred to as "soil less" are usually a combination of peat moss and vermiculite. When using these mediums make sure it is clearly marked on the bag that they are sterilized.

After deciding the medium that you will use, there are a variety of containers available to start your seeds. , Edible Flowers I have used flats, , The Value of Mulch peat pots, , Small Backyard Mini-Ponds are Low on Maintenance and Easy to Install dixie cups and even egg cartons successfully. As with any plant, , Straw Bale Culture Technique the size of the container used is determined by the plant , Pesticides you are growing , Like Fall Flowers - A Tip To Care For Your Winter Garden Pond and only experience can guide you here.

Seedlings require an enormous amount of light, , Three Tips for a Better and Cheaper Lawn either sunlight or artificial light , Boundaries and Rooms in Your Garden or a combination of both. If they don't get sufficient light , Amaryllis - A Perfect Flower For the Festive Season the plants , Seeding Your Lawn, Laid Bare will get "leggy" or "spindly", denying them a healthy , How To Find Cheap Flower Delivery In Your Area start on the way to your garden. , Light Up the Night! Quick Facts about Outdoor Lighting Even in a bright window , Summer Gardening Tips with a lot of sun , A Beautiful Rose Is Nature's Gift you may still need to use artificial light. , How to Choose a Perfect Wood Porch Swing If you do need to use artificial light, , Understanding Soil Nutrients buy bulbs , Lap Pools Great Exercise Inside Or Any Size Backyard that are manufactured specifically for that purpose. Even though they are for the singular purpose of growing plants , Like Fall Flowers - A Tip To Care For Your Winter Garden Pond you still must keep them on for at least fourteen (14) hours a day. No artificial light , Container GardeningTips can compensate for the intensity of direct sunlight.

The most important element of growing , Small Backyard Mini-Ponds are Low on Maintenance and Easy to Install your seedlings indoors , Daylily Just Plum Happy is watching the moisture. , Light Up the Night! Quick Facts about Outdoor Lighting They must be kept moist but not soggy. The most advantageous way to water , Soil, Drainage, and is from the bottom. Set your pots , Light Up the Night! Quick Facts about Outdoor Lighting in a tray and pour the water , Straw Bale Culture Technique into the tray allowing the pots , Amaryllis - A Perfect Flower For the Festive Season to soak up all of the water. , Choosing Lawnmowers For Cutting Grass On Tennis Courts Never let your pots , Some Simple Gardening Tips to keep your Garden Tip-Top after the Winter Months stand in water , Seeding Your Lawn, Laid Bare as this will cause them to rot. If you have your pots , Soil, Drainage, and Water in a very sunny window , Small Backyard Mini-Ponds are Low on Maintenance and Easy to Install place them in a tray with gravel. , Water Gardens Keep the gravel , Pesticides "watered" just under the pots , Flower Crabapples: A Baker's Dozen to keep them from drying out.

When you first start your seedlings cover them tightly with plastic , Understanding Soil Nutrients wrap. This helps to maintain warmth and moisture, , Adirondack Chairs - How to Choose One but be careful to uncover them when they begin to sprout so they don't smother.

I know you may become anxious in January to start getting ready for planting season , 5 Tips For Fish Pond Maintenance but it is important not to start you seeds , Flower Crabapples: A Baker's Dozen indoors to early. If they outgrow your pots, , New Uses For Old Plants you will have to thin them and transplant them to bigger containers. This is not the best scenario. For best results, you want to transplant them once outdoors , Adirondack Chairs - How to Choose One as soon as they are large and healthy , Artificial Flowers Are They A Solution? enough to survive. A good rule of thumb to start with is four to six weeks after sowing the seeds, , Teak Umbrella : Add the Final Touch to Your Patio making sure they have at least two sets of leaves. Right before transplanting your thriving seedlings, feed them with a very weak solution of a water , Teak Furniture for Your Garden: Add a Touch of Something Spectacular soluble fertilizer to give them strength through the transplanting process.

Keep a diary on what has worked for you, since experience is always the best teacher. Experiment a little each year with one or two new flowers, , Summer Gardening Tips herbs , Wooden You Like to Know? A Primer to Wood Outdoor Furnishings or vegetables, , Care Tips for Planting and Growing Orchids Inside Your House this will add variety and spice to your garden. , Aluminum Strap Patio Furniture for the Poolside Go to gardening , 5 Tips For Fish Pond Maintenance forums on the internet , A Beautiful Rose Is Nature's Gift and join the group, the experiences of others is always helpful and the spirit of community is enjoyable and satisfying.

Happy Planting!

Copyright © 2006 Mary Hanna All Rights Reserved.

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Mary Hanna is an aspiring herbalist who lives in Central Florida. This allows her to grow gardens , Light Up the Night! Quick Facts about Outdoor Lighting inside and outside , Easy Pond and Water Garden Construction year round. She writes eBooks, Software Reviews and Practical Articles on Gardening , Pesticides and Cooking. Please visit her websites at: http://www.GardeningLandscapingTips.com http://www.GardeningOutside.com and http://www.ContainerGardeningSecrets.com or contact her at mailto:mhanna@gardeninglandscapingtips.com

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