03/15: Garden tips: starting seeds inside

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Eau Claire (NANCY SKELLEY)- We are really thinking spring today as Nancy Skelley joins us to share a few gardening tips about starting seeds inside.

Seeds to start inside: longer season crops such as tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, pumpkins and watermelons. Things that take a little longer to produce vegetables. Plant in the ground: beans, beets carrots radishes summer squash corn.

Always use a soiled mix, preferably one specifically for seed starting. Never use garden soil(dirt) or reuse old soil from last year. You can start with peat pellets in greenhouse trays or using home made starting containers. Water with a spray bottle to prevent over watering and damping off. Use low grade fish fertilizer once seedlings have 2nd set of leaves. You can place on a heat mat or in a warm sunny window.

To prepare for transplant, place seedlings outside for short periods, in the shade for several days, gradually increasing time and light. Ruffle them with your hand, simulates wind and causes tissues to harden. Once planted you can protect them for a week or so by covering with an inverted ice cream pail or clear soda bottle. This protects from strong wind or birds picking at them.

Clarissa Tedrowe

Clarissa Tedrowe

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