Start your garden seeds today

Start your garden seeds today

Posted by Janice Stillman on 6th Mar 2019

Starting Seeds

Find out how you can start the garden of your dreams, whether that’s a few herbs or a backyard vegetable oasis, with your subscription in The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club.

Dear Seed Starter,

Abraham Lincoln once quipped, “I want it said of me, by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.” You could interpret that a few ways, but we like to think of it literally, which is good news for anyone who is ready to get their garden going. A flower, or plant, can grow almost anywhere—even on Mars—if we’re to believe Matt Damon in the movie The Martian.

Science fiction aside, starting seeds, whether for an indoor herb garden or to transfer to an outdoor garden, is an easy way to get your garden off to a good start. In fact, many herbs will prosper in a sunny windowsill well before the last spring frost. You can start rosemary seeds indoors, for instance, 8 to 10 weeks before the last spring frost. That’s as early as January 1 in Sacramento, California, or mid-March in Bismarck, North Dakota. Cilantro lovers will need to wait until after that last spring frost, though. We don’t recommend starting cilantro indoors. 

As for vegetables, you can start pepper seeds indoors by planting three in a pot. As soon as the second set of leaves emerges on the seedlings, thin out the weakest one in each pot, leaving the other two. Keep these pairs together and treat them as if they were one plant when you transplant them into your garden (when the soil is at least 70 degrees F). They will help support one another, and the combined foliage helps protect the fruit from sunscald.

You can also start cucumber seeds indoors to get a jump on the season. Put planted seeds on top of the refrigerator or atop the water heater to take advantage of the extra warmth; they love bottom heat. When the seeds sprout, move the plants to a sunny spot.

Get more seed-starting tips, gardening ideas, and a look at the best days for planting some of the most popular crops with your subscription to The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club.

Starting Seeds—Part 2

Long before the final frost, you can start the seeds for your garden indoors. Here are a few of our favorite tips for starting seeds:

  • Cover the pot or tray with a loose layer of plastic wrap to conserve humidity. Check it daily and remove the plastic as soon as the seeds begin to sprout.

  • Use a spray bottle to moisten the soil and keep the soil damp, not soggy, to avoid damping-off disease.

  • Rotate trays and pots of seedlings each day for upright growth.

  • Harvest microgreens when they’re about 2 inches tall, using scissors to cut a few stems near the soil line. If you don’t uproot the whole plant, greens will regrow.

  • Start new trays of microgreens at 2- or 3-week intervals for a steady supply. Rather than sacrifice the entire crop for one salad, use the zesty microgreens to dress up a tossed salad or add crunch to a sandwich.

Learn everything you need to get your garden started with your subscription to The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club.

Easy-Grow Greens to Toss Into Your Salad

Looking for some new taste sensations in your salad? Try Claytonia. Also known as miner’s lettuce or winter purslane, Claytonia has heart-shape leaves and loads of vitamin C. It regrows quickly and is one of the most cold-tolerant greens.
Or if you love the tongue-tingling, sinus-clearing rush of horseradish, try fast-growing wasabi arugula, which is perfect for succession plantings. It is quick to bolt, but the yellow flowers are edible.

Learn more about planting these tasty treats, and so much more, with your subscription to The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club.

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Janice Stillman
Editor, The Old Farmer’s Almanac

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