Starting seeds indoors will give you earlier vegetables and flowers. And because you’re not at the mercy of planting only what the garden center has to offer, your cultivar choices will be endless. Feeling apprehensive? It’s normal for a seed-starting newbie. But rest assured, the act of seed planting is quite simple.
First, select your work area—a surface at a comfortable height and close to a water supply where you’ll have room to spread things out. Next, gather your supplies: seed-starting containers, starting medium or soil mix, watering can, labels, marking pen, and seed packets. Finally, follow this simple step-by-step guide and you’ll be presiding over a healthy crop of seedlings before you know it.
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