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Growing your yield from young plants has its own merits. However, starting from seed can equally be enjoyable and rewarding too. With it, you’re given more opportunities and possibilities to garden and experiment.

Why Start from Seed?

Whether you have a small or big garden, starting from seed entails a lot of benefits, namely:

  • It is more cost-effective to invest on seeds especially if you want to have a big and bountiful garden.
  • Some young plants can be poorly in health when you get them from the nursery. Starting from seed gives you better control and solid knowledge on what exactly goes into them.
  • Having the option to grow anything can be exciting. Not all nurseries are equipped with plants that you want. Starting from seed opens up a whole new world.
A person planting a seed.

Why Start your Seeds Indoors?

Every gardener has his or her own ways, just as every seed as its own needs. Not all seeds are meant to be grown indoors. However, starting certain ones at the comfort of your own home does well for numerous seasons. Here are reasons why you should start seeds indoors:

  • When the winter months are long, it can stand as a little gardening therapy to keep you busy and very in tune with your gardener’s hands.
  • Starting seeds indoors especially during colder climate gives you a head start. It allows your seeds early healthy weeks before frost arrives.
  • When warmer season strikes, seeds grown indoors can enjoy extra round of crops just before the heat becomes harsher.

Which Seeds are Best Started Indoors?

There is a tremendous plethora of crops you can start indoors by using grow bags. Here’s a short list of seeds to get you started:

Different kinds of pepper seeds
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Cabbage
  • Broccolli
A closeup of a peas seed
  • Peas
  • Lettuce
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Winter squash

What are Some Things to Keep in Mind?

Here are a few things you need to remember just before you start your seeds indoors.

  1. Know what and when to plant. As mentioned, every crop or seed has a different need. Studying which ones work well where you live and when you intend to care for them make all the difference. So take the time to do your research.
  2. Never forget to label your seeds. Sure, you can remember them at this moment but as time goes by, you will lose track of which is which. This also keeps you on your toes in determining proper care per seed variety.
  3. Use seed-raising mix instead of regular soil or dirt from your yard. The next few weeks are critical that you want to make sure you’re giving your seeds adequate nutrients.
  4. Find the right temperature for your seeds. Remember that they thrive on warmth. So don’t let them be cold indoors. Put them on top of the refrigerator or device a tool that will keep them at about 65 to 75 degrees F.
  5. Don’t be too sudden in transplanting and bringing them out. After all those weeks of caring for them indoors, they will feel shocked if you transplant them outdoors aggressively. Don’t leave them out the whole day right away. Allow them some light outdoors, bring them back in in the night until you gradually lessen their time inside.

Let this guide motivate you to start growing from seed, and at the comfort of indoors.

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