Category Archives: Seed starting

It's not too late to start seeds indoors! Before you know it, they will be hardening off and getting ready for planting.

Vegetable Garden Basics: Seed Starting Mixes

When the time comes to start seeds indoors for your vegetable garden, you’ll need a light system, trays or pots and a seed starting medium. Indoor seed starting is never…

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Vegetable Garden Basics: When to Start Seed Indoors

As days get longer, it’s natural for gardeners to start thinking about seeds and possibly starting seeds indoors. In Minnesota, many warm-season vegetables need to be started indoors and planted…

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Learn Tips for Successful Seed Starting at MSHS

Have you ever wanted to try starting herbs, vegetables or annual flowers from seed but not been sure where to start? Or maybe you tried indoor seed starting but were…

The small, oval leaf below the true leaves is the tomato cotyledon.

What Are True Leaves?

If you start seeds indoors, you’ve probably read the phrase, “when the seedling has a set of true leaves….” or something to that effect. What are true leaves? When a…

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Starting Annuals from Seed

While many gardeners enjoy starting vegetables from seed, starting annuals from seed is fun and easy, too. Some tender annuals — zinnias, marigolds, calendulas, salvias, cosmos, morning glories, nasturtiums, sweet…

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Will You Delay Seed Starting This Year?

A blog reader recently asked if seed starters should delay their seed starting this year because of the long, cold winter. In Minnesota, we’ve had the worst winter in terms…

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How to Make Seed Starting Mix

It’s still too early to start seeds indoors in Minnesota, with the exception of onions, but many gardeners are thinking about their seed-starting set up. While many excellent commercial varieties…

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Plant Onion Seeds Now

With the winds whipping and a high forecast in the below zeroes again, it may seem like spring and your vegetable garden are far, far away. But actually, late January…