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Spacing and Timing for Indoor Seed Starting

By Joannabanana
March 3, 2012

Even after many years of starting seeds indoors, I make the same mistake year after year. I inevitably run out of room. Partly because I sow way too many plants (can’t help it), but truly, I have not planned my spacing appropriately

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Patti1957
Mar 2, 2012 6:48 PM CST
Joanne, this is excellent advice! Thanks for simplifying it for me!


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Joannabanana
Mar 2, 2012 7:25 PM CST
Your welcome. I'm glad you like the info
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Mindy03
Mar 2, 2012 7:57 PM CST
Thanks from me also Joanne. I need all the help I can get when it comes to starting seeds in the right size trays and pots.
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Onewish1
Mar 3, 2012 5:06 AM CST
good job Joanne!!... and we can't help but have space issues!!! Whistling
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SongofJoy
Mar 3, 2012 5:11 AM CST
Joanne, what is the length of your season there in zone 3?

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Onewish1
Mar 3, 2012 5:25 AM CST
3 days Rolling on the floor laughing
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SongofJoy
Mar 3, 2012 5:35 AM CST
That's about what I thought, Allison. Green Grin!

But she amazes me with the look of her yard and gardens! Thumbs up

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Onewish1
Mar 3, 2012 5:39 AM CST
I know it!!!.. always impressive
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kqcrna
Mar 3, 2012 6:14 AM CST
She cheats- she has that big greenhouse. Hilarious!

Nice job, Joanne.

Karen
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Onewish1
Mar 3, 2012 6:26 AM CST
a well needed one!!!
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Joannabanana
Mar 3, 2012 9:18 AM CST
LOL Allison! Some years it certainly feels like "3 Days". I use mid May as a last frost guide (officially it is May 23). And officially our 1st killing frost is Sept 15, but often before that. The last couple of years, we have had an awesome Sept & Oct, so you never know.

The year I got my seed starting stand with lights, I filled it full, with no thought of transplanting. By early April, I was in big trouble since I didn't have a greenhouse and it was way too early to put the plants outside. The kid's swingset was transformed into a greenhouse for a month

Have a look at my 1st greenhouse.
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Sharon
Mar 3, 2012 9:37 AM CST
Clever, Joanne! Using the swingset.
I'd never have thought of that.
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Onewish1
Mar 3, 2012 10:07 AM CST
def. an item to pick up on freecycle
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SongofJoy
Mar 3, 2012 10:34 AM CST
I don't have a swingset but I would use one as a trellis if I did. I have been picking up metal baker's racks when I find them at garage sales. I see that one in your bottom photo. I'm using them under my carport for plant "stuff" like you did there and am going to put a few in the yard for "instant" trellises. I can't buy a good metal trellis for $5 or $10 ... but I can quite frequently buy old baker's racks for that. Smiling



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Patti1957
Mar 3, 2012 1:35 PM CST
A couple of years ago I started way too many seedlings without a thought to potting up and I "had" to use my dog kennel. I wrapped clear plastic all around it, we already had a plywood roof on it. I stuck boards across and hung some lights. Worked well for the few weeks that I needed it.
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Onewish1
Mar 3, 2012 7:37 PM CST
good deal!!
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Joannabanana
Mar 3, 2012 7:49 PM CST
Patti,

Isn't amazing the great ideas that come out of desperation. Thumbs up
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mamajack
Mar 5, 2012 12:16 AM CST
so glad i found this. thanks for all the tips. the pictures are outstanding. thank you thank you thank you.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Mar 5, 2012 7:27 PM CST
Your welcome and THANK YOU to everyone for the feedback and extra conversation I tip my hat to you.

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