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Ready, Set, Start Seeds

15 January 2013
Ready, Set, Start Seeds

The best part of January gardening might be the sight of seeds sprouting in the house. We sprout our own seeds to get plants and colors that are otherwise unavailable, but also because to do so is a life-affirming experience.

Seedlings take 6 to 8 weeks to grow large enough for transplant, which means the time is now to start another season of lettuce, Chinese cabbage, and other short season, cool-weather crops. These must go into the ground by early March in order to mature before hot weather arrives.

Make room under the plant lights to sow another group that includes tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. These members of the Solanaceae will be ready for the garden by the middle of March if sown in January.

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