Get a jump on your spring garden

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Planning a garden this summer? If so, maybe you want to start some of your plants indoors this spring.

Susie Bachman of Bachman's Gardens stopped by KARE 11 News @ 4 with some tips that will make any beginner have a green thumb.

Starting Seeds Indoors

Get an early start on your garden by starting your flowers and vegetable seeds indoors.

Reading seed labels-
1. The back of the label indicates germination time and flowering time.
2. Use a calendar and count backwards to determine planting date.
3. Average last frost in Minnesota is May 10-15

Containers-
1. Seed trays and peat pots work well
2. Container should have good drainage
3. Use an appropriately sized container

Soil-
1. Use a sterile growing media such as vermiculite or peat-based seed starting mixture.
2. Wet the seeding medium and allow it to drain before sowing seeds

Planting-
1. Sow 2-3 seeds in appropriate depth in the individual container
2. After seeds germinate remove the smallest seedlings leaving the most vigorous in each pot

Lighting-
1. After sowing place containers 4-6 inches under full spectrum fluorescent lights.
2. Once seeds have germinated keep lights on 16 hours gradually decreasing to 12 hours

Temperature-
1. Use a heating mat to keep the soil temperature between 65-70 degrees

Watering-
1. Keep the soil moist, but not saturated

Humidity-
1. Try to keep humid.
2. Use plastic wrap to cover container, but remove once germination occurs.

For more information, head to: Bachman's

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