With winter underway and seed catalogs delivered, it’s easy to begin to get excited about planning for the upcoming garden season. In some areas, it’s already time to begin starting some types of seed indoors!
4 Tips for Improving Seed Starting Success
The best strategies for improving success and consistency with seed germination and to increase the quality of the seedlings you grow are:
- Use a high-quality seed starting media
- Provide the proper germination temperature
- Consistently keep the media properly moist
- Provide sufficient light intensity
When I was growing up on a farm in Indiana, my most important dinner table goal was avoiding beets and brussels sprouts. Who could have known that I would grow up to love them with such a passion?
Beets make one of the most fantastic ornamental edibles to mix in with flower containers and work well in a cool season garden or for successive planting. Generally grown for their root, the beet green is my favorite part – it’s ornamental above ground and can be harvested for a delicious salad several times throughout the season.
At the beginning of the year we discussed spring seed starting and now it is fall seed planting season. Typically, you need to start your fall seeds 10 to 12 weeks before your first frost date. Read labels carefully as this time frame is a generalization and you might need more or less time in the growing process. Below is a great list to get started planting this summer for great eats all fall.
10 Fall Vegetable Seed Varieties —
- Purple Mustard Greens
Before you start the seeds for the spring planting, you will need to have a planting plan in mind in order to make the most of your seed investment. Normally, I draw up an idea up in January or February on paper (see below), order the seeds from Jung Seeds, and get busy starting them in a sunny window. This particular plan (see second photo below) involved a color block contrasting garden with raised beds.What you will need –