Friday, March 4, 2016

Starting Seedlings Indoors

Now is the time to start planning your garden. In Maine our growing season is short.

You can use a vermiculite, peat moss or perlite; but, at this point garden soil is too heavy for seeds to germinate in.

Start seedlings using warming mats and/or grow lights for best germination rates.

Seedlings to start Mid-March:
  • Celery
  • Onions 
  • Cabbage 
  • Kale
  • Spinach
You will want to read the seed packets carefully. You will want to be able to harden (if necessary and) replant seedlings outdoors 10 weeks after germination. Using a calendar and calculating your start date is the best way I've found.

This Map shows the Hardiness Zones for the U.S. For practical purposes most of Maine is considered to be Zones 4 to 5.
You can Google your zone here: Google Search for Growing Zones

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