Before we know it, Minnesotans will be out in the gardens growing flowers and food. Home & Garden Expert, Larry Pfarr, says now is the time to start your seeds indoors. He explains how to be successful starting your seeds.
Why start seeds indoors:
Save money over buying established plants.
Succession crops – the ability to start plants outside of the usual spring season.
- Read the seed packet labelTiming
- Don’t start too early read the packet
- Cool season plant in the garden about May 1
- Warm season plant in the garden about May 15
- Sterilize containers if reusing from year-to-year.
- 1 part bleach to 9 parts water
- Use seed starting mix
- Using heat mats
- Helps with germination on some crops
- Grow lights
- Leave on for 16 hours a day
- Use a timer
- Keep plants close to the light – You don’t want plants stretching for light
- Transplant as needed to larger container using potting soil
- Acclimate to outdoor conditions before planting in the garden
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