Many gardeners love to grow their plants from seed to fruit or flower and we’re no different here at Not Dabbling. Since this is prime seed starting season, today we’ll be sharing photos of our seed starting efforts.
Here at Chiot’s Run we are located in a zone 5, so I must start seeds indoors if want to have a good season of tomatoes or early broccoli. I have an old light table my mom got at a garage sale years ago for $20 and she handed it down to me when she got a really nice one. It’s located in the basement which isn’t the best place since it’s really cold down there. If the weather is warm I leave the seeds on our covered front porch, they get afternoon sun and the cement floor absorbs heat and retains it to keep the seedlings warm throughout the cold spring nights. Plus I believe plants much prefer real sunlight (as I do).
I also start seeds outdoors in my cold frame and lots of cold hardy crops that can take the cold spring weather and occasional snow we get here in NE Ohio. Sowing seeds outdoors is so much easier than using flats. Not to mention it’s more natural for the plants.
The plant I love starting seeds for are tomatoes. I love heirloom tomatoes, so I start seeds for all different kinds for a colorful harvest in the late summer. This year I’m growing 15 varieties of tomatoes, these are a few of them.
When you start seeds each spring you quickly amass a huge collection (at least I have). This year, I finally sat down and organized my seeds this spring. I’m also starting to make seed vaults to keep my seeds viable for longer. This will save me money in the long run and make sure I have seeds in case of emergency!
Over to Jennifer! Down in Tennessee our winters are a bit warmer, however having grown up in a northern Indiana I’ve learned the habits of starting seeds indoors as well. I panic a bit if I don’t order my seeds by mid-February and get down right anxious if those seeds aren’t planted by the first of March.
I purchased some simple shop lights as well as both cool and warm florescent bulbs to give my seeds a head start. Once we’re out of danger of a hard freeze I’ll keep my seedlings outdoors in a portable greenhouse with a small heater. About April 15th we consider it safe enough to plant out annuals.
This year we’re planting over 100 different varieties of edibles alone. Our garden has almost doubled in size to accommodate some of the new plants we’re sampling. Quinoa, amaranth, yacon, and sweet potatoes are a few new arrivals this year.
It wasn’t long ago that the droughts almost devastated my attempts to grow an edible garden. I’d honestly almost given up on it believing that our soil was just too poor to grow food organically. I still say I’m thrilled as long as I get a few tomatoes, but I’ll be ecstatic if I can grow enough to keep up through the winter!
Kim here…I start seeds indoors much of the time. Being I live in the very temperate Pacific Northwest I could direct sow much of my garden, but I choose to start in the house as to give my little babies a chance to get planted out at a larger size to beat the slugs that love the buffet that is my spring garden!
The most important crops to start indoors at my house are tomatoes and peppers. Those are the crops that I depend on for canning, freezing, and drying for our winter food supply. So they always get the best of care under the lights in my sunroom.
But I would be remiss if I did not mention the seeds that my youngest kids have been starting lately…
Yes they have started 1000’s of these lately!
Do you start seeds for your summer garden? Inside, outside where do you little seedlings live?