Getting Started Indoors

nanodome_kitWhen preparing for the upcoming growing season, “where do I start?” is a very common question we hear at Anderson’s Seed and Garden. While the weather stays cold and wet, like it usually does in March & early April, starting your seeds indoors can help whittle away the time while waiting for good planting weather to come. Also, there is no time like the present when it comes to choosing new varieties to plant, planning out your garden spot, or just making some room for a few old favorites. Ultimately, we all want to get outside and do some planting, and to make that garden more effective, some early season soil preparation improves our chances of success.

Whether you are a seasoned gardener, or a newcomer, these suggestions can help you get your garden started right for 2013!

Starting seeds indoors can reward a gardener as much as anything. What better way to spend the off-season than watching seedlings grow inside? We have tried a lot of different methods over the years to germinate and grow seeds indoors with success, but this last year we found a new method that has yielded the best results to date.

Last fall we introduced a new product, the Nanodome, to some of our customers specifically for growing microgreens and herbs indoors during the winter. It contains a full spectrum light, a tray for growing, fertilizer, and a 9” tall greenhouse dome that sits on top of the tray. You pick the soil, either peat pellets or a light seed starting medium like Fertilome Seedling & Cutting Mix, and select your seeds. Sow the seeds about one quarter of an inch deep in the selected soil and moisten them so that the soil is damp but not soggy. Cover the tray with the dome and turn on the light. It’s that simple. If you want to provide a little extra heat to get those seeds to germinate, a propagation heat mat will up the temperature about 10-15 degrees. Depending on what you are growing, you’ll have seedlings coming up in 3-10 days.

The best varieties for indoor growing would be peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. Vines like cucumbers, melons, and squashes are easy to grow also, but don’t start them indoors until 4 weeks before they can go outside. All in all, a lovely way to jumpstart the season!

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