The Q&A Archives: Seed Starting

Question: I have noticed on some of your seed packets that they say to start the seeds inside. Is this necessary or can you plant all seeds outside at the appropiate time. If i didn't want to start seeds inside is it better to buy plants for the ones that needs to be started inside? I hope this is not confusing.

Answer: Generally there's an option. Seeds can be planted outdoors when all danger of frost has passed, and the soil warms up a bit. If you want to get a jump-start on the season, you can start seeds indoors and have seedlings that are two months old to put into the garden at the appropriate time, instead of waiting a month or so for direct-seeded plants to mature to the same stage. People who live in short-summer regions usually start the seeds of long-season plants indoors so they'll have time to mature in the garden before the first frost hits. You can choose whether to direct-seed or to start seeds indoors, based upon the "days to maturity" of each of the crops/flowers you intend to grow.

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