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Feb 12, 2017 9:38 AM CST
Hello, my name is James and im new to this site. Im 21 years old and been doing s vegetable garden since i was 16. I never started seeds indoors before and this site told me i should start my seeds indoors since i have a short growing season. If you could help me out with what ill need to get started like materials and what vegetables i should start indoors that would be great. Thanks for your help

Update: alot of people have been asking what zone im in and im 6A i believe. Poconos in Pennsylvania. I wanna grow corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and bell peppers, and maybe string beans.
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Feb 12, 2017 9:44 AM CST
We have a planting calendar on site that should answer some of those questions. Just go here and enter your location:
Tomatoes and peppers do well started early indoors (I have some started upstairs right now) Smiling
What veggies are you thinking of growing?
You'll probably want a source of bottom heat to germinate your seeds. There are lots of heat mats out there. Seedling trays with humidity domes are also nice, although not absolutely necessary. Do you have a spot that gets some sun? Even if you do, you'll still need to provide a source of additional light, e.g. grow lights or fluorescent lights.
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Feb 12, 2017 2:26 PM CST
It would help to know your general location - city/state/country.
Also, what kind of plants do you want to grow?
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Feb 12, 2017 7:58 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, James ( @Jgoeke58 ).

If you have a "short growing season," perhaps you live in an area somewhat similar to me -- zone 5 or so? You probably will need some fluorescent lights (I use ordinary "shop lights") for starting seeds, and I would advise to not start things too early because it always seems to work better for me to plant things out smaller rather than larger.

Kudos to you for being a gardener at such a young age! Please let us know more about your growing conditions and what you plan to grow -- there are plenty of gardeners here from the tropics to Alaska to offer advice and encouragement! Smiling
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