Since I live in a Zone 5 region, the last day for frost is the end of May. There are different types of seeds that you need to plant indoors ahead of time, this is why it's important to start your planning well in advance!
When my seeds first arrived I couldn't wait to sort them all. I sorted them into 4 groups based upon the time I would start planting. The packaging on the the seeds is a great source of information. Read them very carefully.
These are the groups I divided them into:
12-10 weeks before the last frost threat (indoors)
8-10 weeks before the last frost threat (indoors)
4-6 weeks before the last frost threat (indoors)
sow right into the outdoor garden
This weekend I planted the 12-10 weeks group.
I planted two to 3 seeds to a pot. This may require some thinning out later to allow the roots flourish.
Depth: The onion seeds required only a top sow or lightly covered with soil. It's important to make sure you pay close attention to all the directions on the packet, including the depth to which you will plant the seeds.
Once we were all finished digging in the dirt, we lightly watered the pots with a spray bottle and covered with plastic wrap. The plastic wrap helps keep the moisture in and creates a green house. You want to make sure your seeds and soil don't dry out at any time!
There ya go! This is the start to what I pray will be a wonderful season in the garden! I plan on planting the second group in about two weeks, which includes an exciting assortment of peppers! If you have any suggestions for a first timer, please feel free to leave them in the comment section. I can use all the help and advice I can get!
These are two books that I have been referencing through out this adventure! They are both great options for a beginner like me!
|52 How-tos Every New Gardener Needs to Know Beginner's Illustrated Guide to Gardening|
By Cool Springs Press / Cool Springs Press
|The New American Homestead: Sustainable, Self-Sufficient Living for the 21st Century|
By John H. Tullock / Howell Book House
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