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Start Seeds Soon

By January 23, 2013

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A small seed-starting shelf.

It's getting to be that time of year already! It's not too early to start thinking about starting plants from seed for the coming growing season. It's a skill that any small farmer, homesteader or hobby farmer will want to master as soon as possible. And it's easy - although the specifics differ depending on the plant you're growing, in terms of germination temperature, seed depth, and how long before your last frost you start the seeds. The most critical part of seed starting is (as is often the case in farming) infrastructure: you'll need at minimum, a horizontal surface and some fairly intense lighting (fluorescents are enough) to grow stout, hardy little transplants for your garden. Those of us growing food on a larger scale will benefit from a high tunnel for starts, but even a folding table can hold a garden's worth of tiny plants.

 

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