Gardening

Start seeds indoors at the proper time

Mid-March is the time when gardeners begin to sow seeds indoors.

A friend mentioned to me that she knew someone who started cantaloupe seeds already. It’s about a month too early for cantaloupes. Those seedlings  will end up leggy and weak.  It’s likely that they will not fully recover from transplanting out into the garden.

I know it’s hard sometimes — especially for beginners —  to resist the urge to start seeds before their recommended sowing date.

Many seeds can be started now,  especially the cool-weather vegetable crops like those in the cabbage family. Onions and their relatives such as leeks and chives can be sown now, too.

The time is right for indoor sowing of foxgloves, echinacea, sweet william,  petunias, snap dragons, holly hocks and several other flowers.

Parsley, thyme, oregano, sage as well as other herbs should be sown indoors now.

So, follow the suggested seeding times on the package or in the seed catalog, and don’t be in too much of a hurry. Then you can amaze your friends with your healthy, homegrown transplants.

Bob Dluzen
As a result of being a gardener for more than 40 years, 30 of those as a professional, Bob's gardening has become an integral part of his life. "It's the ever-changing seasons and the wide variety of plants and gardens that keeps me intrigued," he says. Bob lives and gardens in rural Monroe County.