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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Mar 2, 2012 6:48 PM CST

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Joanne, this is excellent advice! Thanks for simplifying it for me!
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Mar 2, 2012 7:25 PM CST
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Your welcome. I'm glad you like the info
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Mar 2, 2012 7:57 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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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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Mar 3, 2012 5:06 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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good job Joanne!!... and we can't help but have space issues!!! Whistling
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Mar 3, 2012 5:11 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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Joanne, what is the length of your season there in zone 3?
I garden for the pollinators.
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Mar 3, 2012 5:35 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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That's about what I thought, Allison. Green Grin!

But she amazes me with the look of her yard and gardens! Thumbs up
I garden for the pollinators.
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Mar 3, 2012 5:39 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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I know it!!!.. always impressive
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Mar 3, 2012 6:14 AM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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She cheats- she has that big greenhouse. Hilarious!

Nice job, Joanne.

Karen
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Mar 3, 2012 6:26 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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a well needed one!!!
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Mar 3, 2012 9:18 AM CST
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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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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Mar 3, 2012 9:37 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Clever, Joanne! Using the swingset.
I'd never have thought of that.
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Mar 3, 2012 10:07 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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def. an item to pick up on freecycle
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Mar 3, 2012 10:34 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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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
I garden for the pollinators.
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Mar 3, 2012 1:35 PM CST

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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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Mar 3, 2012 7:49 PM CST
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Patti,

Isn't amazing the great ideas that come out of desperation. Thumbs up
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Mar 5, 2012 12:16 AM CST
Name: barb allison
Fate, Texas (Zone 8a)
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so glad i found this. thanks for all the tips. the pictures are outstanding. thank you thank you thank you.
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Mar 5, 2012 7:27 PM CST
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Your welcome and THANK YOU to everyone for the feedback and extra conversation I tip my hat to you.
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