Sowing Seeds Indoors - Knowledgebase Question

Eau Claire, WI
Question by p_hakes
April 19, 2001
Is it a must to sow seeds indoors before planting outside?


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Answer from NGA
April 19, 2001

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Absolutely not! You can sow seeds directly outdoors in a prepared garden bed as soon as the weather warms in the spring. Gardeners who start seeds indoors do so to get a jump-start on the growing season. Seeds started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date will grow into sizable transplants by the time the weather has warmed enough to plant outdoors. So, instead of sowing seeds, these gardeners are transplanting juvenile plants. The rewards for starting seeds indoors are earlier harvest or flowering. Most annuals and perennials can be directly sown in the garden and will provide satisfactory results.

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