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10 Everyday Items You Already Have at Home that Make Perfect Seedling Starters - DIY Seed Starting Trays. We'll be the first to admit that when spring rolls around, we're keen to get out and garden.

10 Everyday Items You Already Have at Home that Make Perfect Seedling Starters - DIY Seed Starting Trays

But while there's still a chill in the air, starting seedlings indoors is the best way to get a head start. Luckily, you likely already have the makings of a seedling starter at home. Sow seeds in winter. Starting Seeds Indoors: Jump-Start Your Garden Today. This is a guest post from my wife, who has received several requests to describe her method for starting seeds indoors.

Starting Seeds Indoors: Jump-Start Your Garden Today

In some parts of the U.S., vegetable and flower seeds can be successfully planted directly into the garden. But in many areas, the growing season is too short to allow this. Cool spring soil temperatures and cold weather can prevent seeds from germinating or kill young seedlings. If you wait until the weather warms, the plants get off to a late start only to be zapped by fall’s first frost; they don’t get a chance to bear a full crop or to put on a full floral display. Winter-Sowing 101. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I start my summer garden in December and January, using a neat trick called “Winter-Sowing.”

Winter-Sowing 101

Winter-sowing is an outdoor method of seed germination (invented by Trudi Davidoff) which requires just two things: miniature greenhouses (made from recycled water and milk jugs) and Mother Nature. You can winter-sow your way to a beautiful garden, too…for pennies. Here’s how: Starting Seeds Indoors gardening. Growing Seedlings Without a Greenhouse. Historically, a dowry is the booty a bride brings to a marriage, which might be money, fine linens, or a good milk cow.

Growing Seedlings Without a Greenhouse

This tradition may take many forms. A few years ago, I entered a new relationship bringing along a cold frame and adjustable tabletop plant light. Growing Seedlings Without a Greenhouse. Growing Seedlings Without a Greenhouse. Wintersowing Tips-Preparing Milk Jugs. Wintersowing Tips-Preparing Milk Jugs. How To Easily Start Garden And Flower Seeds Indoors On The Cheap! I think one of the most rewarding experiences for a home gardener is starting their own seeds indoors.

How To Easily Start Garden And Flower Seeds Indoors On The Cheap!

For one, it’s an incredibly satisfying feeling to make a tiny seed grow into a beautiful plant for you and your family to enjoy. It also can be a tremendous cash saver – plants can be expensive when purchasing them all at your local greenhouse. Especially if you want to grow specialty or heirloom seeds that are hard to find. We use a low-cost, simple set up to grow our seedlings indoors. It has allowed us to expand our garden and landscape without breaking the bank. Starting Tomato Seeds in Milk Jugs : Garden Seed Starting.

Sow seeds in winter. 5 Ways to Help You Start Growing Earlier This Year. Warmer days may still be some way off, but there are some vegetables that can be sown or planted in late winter, satisfying the gardener’s urge to get growing.

5 Ways to Help You Start Growing Earlier This Year

Read on or view our video for five great ways to enjoy a super-early start to your gardening year… 1. Which Seeds to Start First? Five Easy Answers. It is perfectly natural for gardeners to feel an itch to plant as spring is coming on, even with many weeks of winter still ahead.

Which Seeds to Start First? Five Easy Answers

The soil in my garden will probably stay frozen until March, but indoors, under lights, things start getting lively in mid-January. After reviewing my garden records for the last seven years, I can report consistent success with five great veggie garden plants when started indoors in midwinter: leaf lettuce, sweet alyssum, bulb onions, seed-sown shallots, and kale. Starting Seeds Indoors - What Went Wrong? Watch our video for an easy method to successfully start seeds indoors and transplant them as they get larger, or read the article below for advice concerning common problems and how to avoid them.

Starting Seeds Indoors - What Went Wrong?

Last night I dug through the recycling bin to find empty cans I could use to raise my little flats of cabbage and kale seedlings closer to the florescent light fixture meant to mimic the sun. Ideally, there should be no more than 2 inches (5 cm) between the bulbs and the newly emerged sprouts, and because my light would go no lower, I elevated the seedlings with a pedestal made from dog food cans. This simple strategy was unknown to me as a beginning seed starter, and I saw my fair share of failures.

Many of my seedlings fell over and died, while others suffered from crowding because I lacked the courage to thin them. Some malfunctions were not my fault, though it became my responsibility to set things right. Grow Your Own Plug Plants. Plug plants are seedlings which have been germinated and grown in trays of small cells.

Grow Your Own Plug Plants

When the roots have grown sufficiently they can be easily pushed out of the trays and either transplanted into larger pots or planted outside in the ground. Plug plants used to be largely confined to bedding plants and flowers but all that is now changing as edible gardening becomes more popular.