|Sometime around February or March the gardener starts to peruse seed catalogues and dream of the summer garden. Seeds are ordered and window ledges are commandeered for baby plants. Others will give in depth advise as to soil proportions, room temperatures and water supply, but here are the things they may not mention.
(1) The easiest way to do this is to go to one of the greenhouses that spring up when the snow disappears and buy your seedlings.
(2) If you are bent on experiencing the whole process then get your seeds from a reputable seed catalogue or store.
(3) Seeds can be started in any type of container,however if you start them in small peat pots the whole container can be placed in a larger pot later , just tear the sides down so roots can spread. You are much less apt to damage the seedling this way.
(4) Baby seedlings dry out very quickly. The containers bakery cakes come in make excellent little greenhouses .
(6) Take into consideration there may be some plant loss but really think about how many plants you want. We've all had neighbours who've planted the entire package of zuchinni seeds.
(7)Once your plants are up and the danger of frost seems past it is time to "harden off " your plants. This is a gardening term that means you are getting ready to plant the little guys. Strangely enough plants are not automatically ready to go out. Rain can flatten them, wind break them and sun burn them. It is necessary to take them out for short periods of time (30 minutes start) which you lengthen a little each day until your plants can handle an entire day.