It’s February and, depending on where you live, winter may be loosening it’s grip or (like here in Michigan) it may be still going strong.
If you’re like me, you might just be getting a little bit antsy to get your fingers back in the dirt and get things growing.
It’s Not Too Early To Start!
The biggest mistake most gardeners make is thinking everything goes into the ground at one time, about the time the weather gets nice. But that technique will leave you disappointed.
Both vegetables and flowers have cool season growers and warm season growers. A plant that thrives in the cool temps of spring will wither or bolt during a hot summer. Reverse that for a warm season plant: put it in the cold ground of spring and you will be watching nothing grow.
So now is the perfect time to start thinking about your cool spring garden and while the ground outside may not be workable there are flowers and veggies that will thrive if you plant them now, indoors as seeds.
5 Flowers To Start Indoors From Seed Now:
6 Vegetables To Start Indoors From Seed Now:
Small pots: I like to use plastic cells and plastic starter pots. I reuse them as much as possible. Make sure they are dirt free and sterilized with a water/bleach solution before using. (One gallon water to 1 or 2 Tbsp. bleach.)
Trays: Hold water to allow the plants to suck it up from the bottom.
Lids (optional): Help hold heat and humidity in.
Seed starting mix: From your local garden center.
Large plastic container: to hold wet seed starting soil mix.
Small gardening shovel
Garden gloves (optional)
Plant markers: Craft popsicle sticks work well as do old plastic blinds.
Sharpie: To label your plant markers
Spray bottle: Make sure it can spray with a fine mist..
Water: Non-chlorinated, non-salted. When in doubt purchase distilled water from the grocery store.
Grow lights (really helpful)
Heat mats (optional)
I’m clearly no Joanna Gaines or Ree Drummond on camera but watch the video demonstration below for a short tutorial. We shot this in one take so I’d like to clarify that when I said most plants have to start when we have snow still on the ground, I meant cool season plants and plants with long growing times. Don’t start pumpkins now! LOL!
To help you know more about start dates I have put together a handy guide for both indoor seed starting and outdoor seed starting. Just scroll to the footer on this page and fill out the sign up form to recieve your free guide.
To see our seed starting setup with grow lights, and other information watch this video.
Other Tips and Tricks:
Plants that have been started in the comfort of your cozy house will need to be “hardened off” before you move them to their outside home. This means exposing them to the great outdoors, a little bit at a time, gradually lengthing their exposure so they can build up hardiness to the outdoors.
To know when your plants should go in the ground, make sure you sign up at the bottom of the page to get your free growing calendar and seed starting guide.
Reference & Sources:
Seeds: Territorial Seed Company, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Supplies: Family Farm and Home, Lowes, Ace Hardware
Books: Cool Flowers by Lisa Mason Ziegler, Better Homes and Gardens Vegetable, Fruit and Herb Gardening, Floret Flowers- Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein
Are you convinced to give seed starting a try this year? I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.
You can drop me a comment here on the blog, on facebook, on instagram or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bloom and grow!