Time to Start Seeds Indoors?

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Registered: 05-29-2012
Time to Start Seeds Indoors?
Wed, 02-20-2013 - 4:21pm

Do you start your seeds indoors in the winter? I guess it depends on your zone, but how far ahead do you start them?

I've tried so many times, but I've never been successful. My seedlings either get tall and spindly, or they get moldy :(

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Registered: 03-11-2013
Mon, 03-11-2013 - 6:47pm

I have had the same problem in the past. I am hoping with my vaction coming up the timing will be right and I can start seeds when I get home and they will be ready to plant about the right time. Fingers crossed. Last time All of my tomatoe plants I had died and I had to go buy some :(.

Good luck, I hope you figure out what works to get your seedlings planted and grow well.

“Life isnt about learning how to weather the storm. its about learning how to dance in the rain.” via Monica Fish


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Registered: 02-27-1999
Mon, 02-25-2013 - 8:02pm

I've tried it a few times, I never got the timing right with our spring monsoon season, LOL!  So I'm better off to wait for the spring rains to pass, and direct seed in the ground.  

Something that used to calm my spring planting fervor was to garbage garden.  With a collection of 4 inch pots and a little potting soil, I'd help the kids plant seeds from their oranges, grapefruits, lemons, etc.  Carrot tops, avocado seeds, peach pits, anything with seeds from our meals.  It was fun for them to tend their window sill garden and they made pretty houseplants.  

My avocadoes grew into full size trees, I'd take them outside in summer and move them back inside for winter.  They finally got too big, and I was moving so I had to leave them.  But you can prune them into a shrub.  I didn't know that until mine were 6 feet tall.  And no, they won't fruit, but they are beautiful.  

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Registered: 01-13-2013
Thu, 02-21-2013 - 10:07pm

Oh, Sorry to hear about, I have ever raised Green Dill inddor in flowerpot, but they got melody finally. Then I put them in sunshine, can't believe that it growed very well! Pehaps you can wait untill sunshine gets better and give it enough nutrient, and please do not water it so regularly, leave it sometime to grow by itself and gain what it need from the nature. I tried, it worked, and my green bill grows well right now! Laughing