In honor of this week’s theme I thought I’d offer up a recap of some of the previous posts I’ve done about starting seeds indoors and what I’m doing different.
In my very first post about how I start seeds indoors using inexpensive trays and equipment, I shared all the steps I take when starting vegetable and flower seeds indoors. That was a few years ago, and while I’m using mostly the same technique, I did purchase and use a seedling heating mat last year for my tomatoes and peppers.
And I have to say, I did notice a difference- the seeds germinated faster, especially the peppers which can take a long time to sprout. Not only that, but I kept the peppers on the heat mat the whole time they were indoors before hardening off and planting out in the fake hoop house I constructed for them. And though I had to wait until the end of September, I did harvest quite a few ripe (as in, not green) peppers. So I will definitely be using the heat mat again this year.
But I hope the most useful thing I’ve published is the Organic Gardening Checklist which lists month-by-month which seeds to start when as well as planting dates and even fertilizing tips. This checklist is a PDF which you can download by clicking on the link here or in the Organic Gardening tab under the header.
I find it so useful for me that I’m planning to highlight this checklist every month and coordinate it with what is actually happening in my garden. Sometimes I get to everything on the list and sometimes I don’t, but it’s nice to have one list to refer to when I wonder what I should be doing. I hope this is something you will find helpful.
As for January, plan, dream, and order some seeds!
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