Preparing For Garden Season – Choosing The Right Time To Start Seeds Indoors

Old World Garden Farms

With the snow finally melting from the ground this past week – and the thermometer rising above the 50 degree mark for the first time in months – it’s FINALLY time to start getting serious about the garden! For us, that means getting ready to start all of our vegetable seeds indoors, and more importantly, timing the process so that our plants are ready for the big garden at the right time.

Starting Seeds – The “Counting Back” Method

For many of the typical vegetable plants (i.e. tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, etc.) – a good rule of thumb is to start seeds indoors about 6 to 8 weeks before your projected outdoor planting day.

Last years tomato plants reaching for the lights Last years tomato plants reaching for the lights

That time period will give the seeds plenty of opportunity to germinate and grow under the lights – with still a week or two to harden them off on a porch or protected area outside before planting…

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