Get a jump on your spring garden

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Planning a garden this summer? If so, maybe you want to start some of your plants indoors this spring.

Susie Bachman of Bachman's Gardens stopped by KARE 11 News @ 4 with some tips that will make any beginner have a green thumb.

Starting Seeds Indoors

Get an early start on your garden by starting your flowers and vegetable seeds indoors.

Reading seed labels-
1. The back of the label indicates germination time and flowering time.
2. Use a calendar and count backwards to determine planting date.
3. Average last frost in Minnesota is May 10-15

1. Seed trays and peat pots work well
2. Container should have good drainage
3. Use an appropriately sized container

1. Use a sterile growing media such as vermiculite or peat-based seed starting mixture.
2. Wet the seeding medium and allow it to drain before sowing seeds

1. Sow 2-3 seeds in appropriate depth in the individual container
2. After seeds germinate remove the smallest seedlings leaving the most vigorous in each pot

1. After sowing place containers 4-6 inches under full spectrum fluorescent lights.
2. Once seeds have germinated keep lights on 16 hours gradually decreasing to 12 hours

1. Use a heating mat to keep the soil temperature between 65-70 degrees

1. Keep the soil moist, but not saturated

1. Try to keep humid.
2. Use plastic wrap to cover container, but remove once germination occurs.

For more information, head to: Bachman's

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