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When to Start Seeds Indoors | Bear Bottom Acres

Heather explains how to determine your last frost date, how to determine the proper dates to start your seeds indoors, and how to determine how much space this all will take.

Hi, friends!

When I first started vegetable gardening several years ago, I made some pretty significant mistakes. I can look back at them with now with a sense of humor, but at the time I felt discouraged and frustrated.

The inspiration behind our seed starting series is to share what we have learn by trial and error with you, to help you get started on your own garden with a sense of confidence. This does not mean that you will not make mistakes. In my conversations with other gardeners, even with experienced master gardeners, I have learned that one thing that all gardeners share is the experience of things not always going according to plans. There are many factors that are simply beyond our control, such as weather, that can throw a wrench in our finely-tuned garden plans.

In this video, I discuss how to determine your probable last frost date. The thing to keep in mind here is that this is a date based on probability. There is no way to absolutely promise that the weather will not take a turn and threaten your fragile seedlings with a hard frost. You still need to be diligent and watch the weather for several weeks after planting, and take measure such as frost covers, cloches or other frost protection methods to keep your plants safe if a unusually late frost is predicted.

Knowing your last frost date gives you the information you need to determine when to start your seeds indoors. Once you determine which seeds you need to start indoors and when to start them, you can figure out how much space you need, how many trays you need and how many grow lights you need.

In future videos, you will see us setting up our own indoor growing system. This may help you get some ideas to start your own system. The most important thing is to just get started!

Happy growing!


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