Seed starting for the spring garden

First, some useful videos on seed starting:

Top Tips for Starting Seeds Indoors
Growing Seedlings

Last year, one of my mistakes was starting summer seeds too early…in February, that is. Coming from SoCal, I thought the days would be consistently warm beginning in March and thus safe for summer starts, but that was totally not the case here in southeastern Washington. It’s hard to win against this desert climate. My year of living here in the Tri-Cities so far has taught me that spring and fall are actually just steep transitions that each span approximately 7 days between the three-digit summers and single-digit winters.

I digress, but the lesson I learned is to utilize the pre-summer months to grow cool season vegetables such as Asian greens, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes, and spinach. Fortunately, I received all my seed orders from my favorite heirloom seed companies:
Seed Savers Exchange
Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds


$54 total. Heck yeah. Grow big and grow home, yo.

My germination kit includes the following:
72 cell seed starter tray with lid (pack of 4 for ~ $10 from Park Seed, these are wonderful to reuse)
Soil-less seed starter mix ($5 for a large bag at Woods Nursery, lasts around 3 years)
Heating mat (~ $20, but I inherited this from a friend)



Got my spring seeds in and the waiting begins!!!


2 thoughts on “Seed starting for the spring garden

  1. Kristy says:

    Heating mat? There’s such a thing? David just stole my heating pad. In fact, I just bought a new one to replace it this winter…

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