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Giving Your Seeds a Headstart Indoors

April 25th, 2012 Gardening

Depending on where you live, the last frost of winter may not occur until late April or early May. This isn't a problem for people who inhabit warmer climates, but for those living up North, it can be a problem, as the growing season for many plants is shortened by about a full month. The solution? Give your seeds a head start by planting them indoors. This helps them develop stronger roots and grow a bit before you put them outside, which can mean the difference between a bountiful harvest and a lackluster one. If you're not sure where to begin, here are some tips, courtesy of GardenWeb.com.

Seeds planted indoors still have the same requirements as those that would start their lives outside. The main difference is that you have to create these conditions artificially, which requires you to be attentive. However, as long as you can provide light, water and soil, you should be okay.

In general, you should try to place the seeds somewhere that they can receive direct sunlight for at least a few hours every day. If you don't feel as though they're getting enough, you can supplement this through artificial means. You'll know if a seedling needs more sunlight if it starts to grow tall and spindly.

Moisture will probably require the most attention from you. Keep the soil moist, but not wet or soggy. It may be better to place the pot in a bit of water and allow it to soak it up like a sponge. This is a more efficient way of watering your plant and makes it easier for you to avoid overdoing it.