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    Gardening 2020...

    I'm planning on starting most of my garden plants from seed this year.
    I have done this in the past, but am always on the late side of getting to it... last year I didn't get seeds in the flats until May, so I decided this year I am going to do better.

    With average last frost date being around May 20 for my area, I'm looking at starting the seeds 6 weeks before that. Is this a good rule of thumb still?

    Another question: does anyone use warming mats for under the seed starting beds?
    I have to start seeds in the basement this year, and I know it is not as warm as it should be, so I figure using a warming mat would be an asset. This is the one I am looking at: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B015PD8I...v_ov_lig_dp_it
    If anyone has suggestions, I would love to hear them.

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    I'd definitely recommend a warming mat if you are starting in a colder environment like your basement. If you are doing it in a warm location, it does speed up and may improve germination rates some, but it is more of a judgment call.

    As for the starting date, different plants need different lead-times before planting outside. I like to use this online calculator to give dates for specific crops. It is very easy to use.
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    Wife has been growing lettuce in the greenhouse most of the winter. Nice having fresh salad every few days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phase2 View Post
    As for the starting date, different plants need different lead-times before planting outside. I like to use this online calculator to give dates for specific crops. It is very easy to use.
    Thanks for that link, that looks so much more helpful than a generic "start your seeds this many weeks ahead".

    As for the heating mat- last year I started several seeds from Baker Creek, in a second floor room by a window, and they germinated within two days! way quicker than I expected, and they got leggy... so I started over. But this year, I have to start everything in the basement and I'm pretty sure the heating mat is a good call.

    As an aside- I still plan on buying some of my plants, and for anyone looking for a good place around Indy to get veg plants- Paul's Nursery on the corner of Kitley and Brookville is a great place. I get my tomato plants there every year, and they are top notch. We had a bumper crop of sweet 100's last year...more than we could use.

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    Leggy plants indicates insufficient light. Since you are growing in your basement, you'll need to get some good gro-lights.
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    I'm jelous of you folks with the patience and diligence to grow your plants from seed. Once in a while, I get lucky, but most of the time something goes wrong with timing or conditions or the frost date was a lie or...

    I am much happier paying the green house to start my plants. I still attempt and hit the mark once in a while for the fall garden.

    In other news, I just planted some garlic today that had sprouted in the kitchen...



    Just for fun, I threw a celery bottom in the ground too...

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    The garlic can grow that way. I don't think the celery will however.

    Pull it out, rinse it off and put it in a cup with the bottom hanging into some water. There is a good chance it will root that way and start some new stalks. Then you can plant it.
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    OK. I've seen videos and done the water growth method. Good luck.

    Doesn't cost anything to try.
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    I don't think I'm going to do a garden this year. Never got around to it last year because of DoggyMama's health issues. I may put out a couple of 5 gallon buckets with tomato plants just so I can have BLT's. Maybe another one or two with some hot peppers.


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