Update on the Vegetable Seed Starting

Our extended winter-like weather and delayed spring has changed the timing for planting some things in the garden that I’ve started indoors. My trays of heirloom lettuces were not looking happy indoors under the lights, so I moved them outside into cold frames. However, we continue to see unusually cold nights with temps dipping down…

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It’s a Good Day to Start Tomatoes

Yes, the thermometer out my window reads 10 degrees F and those winds from our sort-of blizzard of earlier this week are still dying down, but today is a good day to start tomatoes from seed. Indoors, of course. Why start your tomato seeds in late March? Tomatoes are not from around here. Native to…

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Early Seed Starting — Waiting for a Warm Up

I started lettuce early this year—on February 22—so that we would be able to display the new seedlings in our exhibit at the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show. Using the weather patterns of the last few years as a guide, I was confident that once we were midway through March the nighttime temperatures would be…

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Day 6: Favorite Seed Sources for Your Vegetable Garden

If you’ve decided to try starting your own vegetable seeds this year, you’ll find a lot of choices at hand—both for varieties available as well as places to buy them. More and more mass market and big box retailers sell seeds and seed-starting supplies, but if you want greater selection along with more unusual and…

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Day 5: Seeds vs. Starter Plants

For me, half the fun of starting a vegetable garden comes at this time of year, when I sit down with a stack of seed catalogs to look at all the new varieties and decide which ones I’ll try. Once I have my choices narrowed down, the next step is to figure out which seeds…

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