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Starting seeds indoors in 9 easy steps

Starting seeds indoors is a great way to get a head start on your garden and ensure healthy plants. Here are some steps to follow:

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Starting seeds indoors may seem daunting, but with a little determination, it’s worth the investment. – Credit: Loren Lamoreaux
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A tabletop greenhouse is an inexpensive way to ensure your seedlings are receiving the right amount of humidity and warmth no matter the season. – Credit: Loren Lamoreaux
  1. Choose your seeds: Decide which plants you want to grow and choose high-quality seeds that are appropriate for indoor starting.
  2. Gather supplies: You will need containers, potting soil, a watering can or spray bottle, and plant markers. You can use seed trays, peat pots, or even recycled containers such as yogurt cups or egg cartons.
  3. Prepare containers: Fill your containers with moistened potting soil, leaving about 1 inch of space at the top.
  4. Plant seeds: Follow the instructions on the seed packet for planting depth and spacing. Most seeds can be planted at a depth equal to two to three times their diameter. Gently press the soil over the seeds.
  5. Label containers: Use plant markers to label each container with the name of the plant and the date planted.
  6. Water: Water your seeds gently with a watering can or spray bottle, being careful not to displace the seeds. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged.
  7. Provide light: Place your seed containers in a warm, well-lit location. If you don’t have a sunny window, you can use fluorescent lights or grow lights.
  8. Monitor progress: Check your seeds regularly for signs of growth. Once the seedlings have emerged, thin them out if necessary to prevent overcrowding.
  9. Transplant seedlings: Once your seedlings have developed several sets of leaves, they are ready to be transplanted into larger containers or your garden.

Starting seeds indoors takes a bit of time and effort, but the rewards are well worth it. With proper care, you can enjoy healthy plants and a bountiful garden.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.