As you very well know, our growing season on the prairies is short and sweet. Get a head start on mother nature by sowing certain seeds indoors in March!
Getting started is easy, begin by gathering your materials. Vermiculite or a soilless mix and a nice dark location will give your seeds a good foundation to germinate in. Once you have your materials, place your seed in enough material to completely cover the seed and keep the soil slightly moist.
Once the seed cracks open it needs to be on a sunny location or under full-spectrum lights in order to grow and survive. Once the seedlings have their first true leaves, carefully transplant them into separate cells.
Below are a few ideas of which flower seeds you can start earlier in the month uncovered, or covered, and which to start later. Herbs can be sown anytime in March and if the plant gets too big or spindly, just trim it back and use.
March first week:
Seeds that should be sowed the first week of March that requires no covering: Ageratum, Alyssum, Portulaca, Celery, Cucamelon and Strawberries.
Seeds that should be covered lightly either with vermiculite or soil: Balsam
Seeds that requires darkness for germination and needs to be covered completely: Pansy, Salvia and Viola
Mid to end of March
Seeds that should be sowed the first week of March that requires no covering: Impatiens, Lobelia, Petunia and Lettuce
Seeds that should be covered lightly either with vermiculite or soil: Celosia, Coleus, Dianthus, Gazania, Phlox, Snapdragon, Sweet William and Verbena
Seeds that requires darkness for germination and needs to be covered completely: Marigold, Eggplant, Broccoli, Brussel Sprout, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Kohlrabi, Peppers, Onions and Tomato.
Getting a head start on your garden will give you the best yields. If you have any gardening related questions or want to share ideas for future topics, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org