Seed Starting and Springing Ahead

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Many of us in the Northern Hemisphere are rapidly approaching that last straw part of winter, looking for a little sun and some springtime cheer to warm our hearts, minds and bodies. When you can’t take another minute of winter it’s time to start talking about seed-starting! When I’m looking toward spring I think about the seeds I will start indoors but I also like to focus on the earliest crops, seeds like peas, cilantro, lettuces, and spinach that can be started outside as soon as the ground thaws. If you’re on the west coast you can probably start planting peas very, very soon if not already. If you’re in Florida you were still eating fresh peas off the vine a month or two ago. If you’re in the northeast like me, you can start thinking about the peas you’re going to grow. Someday. In the future.

There’s years of information on this site and I know it can be hard to find, so I’ve put together a list of seed-starting articles and posts that will give your mind and spirit a jump start into spring.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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7 thoughts on “Seed Starting and Springing Ahead

  1. thanks so much for pointing to your review of the lee-valley self-watering windowsill seed starter. i am brand new to seed starting and was looking for something simple to try without the need for a heat mat and grow lamp set up. these are the perfect solution for my current space limitations. i have three that i will be using this season and will be sure to log any progress / problems on the boards.

  2. I am so glad that I found your website.I love gardening and read your book on hitting the winter wall and yes I have.Yor site has helped me keep my eye and mind on the spring prize.Seed starting,bed planing,and all that comes with the quest of digging in the earth. So thanks and keep up the good points. Thanks Charlotte

  3. I’m curious if anyone knows how many pumpkins I can expect from each plant. I promised to grow enough for a friend’s wedding centerpieces and would love a rough estimate. Thanks!

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