I thumbed through one of my favorite seed catalogs the other day, marker in hand. So many choices! So many possibilities! How do I pick? And how do I make sure I don’t waste money buying seeds I won’t have room to plant or worse, they won’t grow in my area?
Even before seed catalogs began appearing in my mailbox, I had more simple questions than which varieties to buy. I just needed to know which crops I needed to plant from seed in the first place. Which do I need to start indoors? Which should be planted directly in the garden? When? And is there some science to this?
Even my 7-year-old daughter asked me the other day, “How does a seed actually grow into a plant like that?”
Choosing seeds with beautiful pictures in the catalog or on the packet is one thing — a decision in itself, don’t get me wrong — but growing them is quite another!
In this episode of the Beginner’s Garden Podcast, I chat with Mike from the White Harvest Seed Company. He answers many of the questions beginning gardeners — and seasoned gardeners alike – ask. We talk about:
- the question he gets asked the most
- how to choose seed varieties with all the options available
- considerations in growing herbs from seed
- differences between heirloom seeds and hybrids
- how to decide whether to grow from seed or buy a transplant
- 6 basics to starting seeds indoors
- pros and cons to starting seeds indoors vs. waiting to plant them directly in the garden
- how to harden off seedlings
As you can see, this is one information-packed episode! I wish I had Mike and his wisdom my first or second season!
One thing you’ll notice toward the end of the interview is that Mike talks about soil temperature. This is one concept I completely missed my first several seasons, and I paid for it in slow germination, loss of seeds, and loss of time.
I was always so busy planting based on dates that I didn’t take into consideration this all-important factor.
That’s why I created a free download for you called the Seed Starting Reference Guide. It tells you which seeds to plant indoors ahead of time and which ones to wait to plant directly in your garden. But more than that, it also gives you the estimated time to plant and more important, the optimum soil temperature for the highest germination. Grab it here:
My hope is between my conversation with Mike and the Seed Starting Reference Guide, you’ll find yourself getting a head start on a successful season!
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Seed Starting Quick Reference Guide
Which seeds should you start indoors? Which should you wait to plant directly in the garden? When? And in what soil temperatures do certain seeds germinate better? Grab this one-page quick reference guide to get your seeds sprouting and your plants growing strong!