Alan: March is also a great time to start seeds indoors. We have quite a few seeds starting supplies and seeds. Best way to do this, you want to do this in a warm place. You need light. And some people like to just do it right in the soil and then cover it with a covering like vermiculite or just a little bit of soil on top. Keep it moist.
Put it in a sunny window. If you have a grow light that’s even better. You want to start those seeds indoors and not put them out too early because they’re tender when they first come up.
Kevin: For some of the enthusiasts we have a lot of unique seeds as well some heirloom varieties and just things are fun to play around with. Even if it’s just just to experiment and see something different.
We have all the supplies, if you’re growing them indoors. Soil for indoor containers and little planting trays that you can get a nice root cell on that started, so it’s ready to go when you harden it off to take it outside.
Alan: And one of the problems I have with seeds starting indoors is I don’t keep the temperature of my home quite that warm. I can’t afford the gas.
But you can buy little heat mats.
You set the seed that you started on top of the heat map. That gets the temperature of that soil now up into the mid 70s, or even up to 80. And that’s a good temperature to start most of those seeds. Some things don’t need it quite that warm, but generally they’re going to want to at least 70.
If you just keep it the same temperatures your home, unless you’re willing to heat the whole house, the heat maps are a good way to go. Because you can save on your fuel costs but still get the soil at the temperature needed to grow seeds.
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From plants to products. We'll be covering quite a number of gardening questions this year.
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