How to start plants from seed indoors to transplant in the garden later

By Roxanne Washington
for www.cleveland.com

With visions of plump, juicy tomatoes, crisp cauliflower and sunny marigolds dancing in their heads, some gardeners spend late winter sowing seeds indoors and pampering their emerging beauties until it’s warm enough to move them outdoors.

These indoor gardeners like to get growing early for several reasons. One, a packet of a dozen or so seeds, which costs a few dollars, is a fraction of what ready-to-plant botanicals cost.

“It’s cheaper than buying flowering plants and vegetable starts,” says Christine Harris, an Ohio State University ExtensionCuyahoga County master gardener, who won the statewide award of volunteer of the year at the International Master Gardener Conference in Charleston, W.V., last year. “Costs for these have skyrocketed due to fuel costs in greenhouses and for transportation.”

 

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