Start Growing Your Garden Indoors

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Spring is right around the corner once again and when it comes to gardening, if you are anything like me, you are ready to get those vegetable and fruit seeds into the ground.

However, there is a way to �quench� your thirst, so to speak, for your love of gardening now while the weather is not cooperating, and that is to start your seeds indoors.

There are a few ways to get your indoor garden started and what works best one person may not be the best option for another, so let me go over what I have done in my own experiences to be successful at starting my garden indoors.

One way is to go ahead and buy some potting soil or garden soil from local home center like Home Depot or Lowes, or if you are fortunate enough to be close by a nursery that would be even better. Grab yourself some small flower pots, fill them with the soil you purchased and follow the instructions on the back of the packet of seeds. Usually they say to put two to three together when you start and as they come up, to separate them into their own pots.

Just like using small flower pots, instead of buying the potting soil from a store, use the dirt from your own gardens. When you are ready to move the plants from inside to outside you are going to return the dirt back to the garden anyway. This way you save money and your seeds will have been growing in the soil they are going to live in throughout the season. Just remember when you bring the soil in from the cold to let it get up to at least room temperature before you plant your seeds. I have found that works best for me.

This next way is what I have had the most success with. I have been able to get everything and anything started. You name it, from watermelon and honeydew, to apple trees and green squash, if I have owned the seed; I was able to get it to grow from this method. The method I am referring to is using is purchasing from my local home center a miniature greenhouse (more like a plastic tray with a plastic dome). Inside this greenhouse are very dry and rock hard pellets made from a variety of potting soils and peat moss. You simply add water and the pellets expand like magic and soften the soil. You then add your seeds as per the instructions on the seed packet and cover them. Put the plastic lid back on to create the greenhouse affect and you are done. In as little as three days you will start seeing plenty of growth. They also sell replacement pellets, so you can hold onto these greenhouses and use them year after year.

With all three methods above you need to put them near a window that gets the sun first thing in the morning and in a room where the temperature will be comfortable. In other words you do not want to the room to be too hot or too cold.

The first two methods will require you to keep the soil moist, so you will have to check your plants on a daily basis and water as needed. The third method requires no watering until you are ready to move them outside. Just follow the instructions on the package that comes with your miniature greenhouse.

Whichever way you choose to start your garden indoors is up to you and again only you can decide what fits the room you have and the time needed to do it.

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Author: Bruce A. Tucker
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