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Seed-starting tips from Park Seed

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If there is a bright spot to these dreary winter days, it’s that it’s time to start planning the garden. Garden planning can take time, so it’s best to start early – and if you’ll be starting seeds indoors, now is the perfect time to start planning. Whether it’s your first time starting seeds or you’re a pro at it, here are a few helpful tips from the folks at Park Seed.

Label what you sow – no matter what you use for starting seeds, find some way to label what you’re planting.

Look for discounted seeds – especially if you shop through catalogs like Park, Burpee or any of the other seed catalogs that are finding their way into your mailbox, look for deals. Deals may be in the form of a discount (always look for coupon codes) or in the form of a collection, where you’ll receive numerous packs of seeds for one low price.

Be careful when transplanting – the last anticipated frost date is always an estimate, and we’ve been burned in the Buffalo area before! Add a week or two to your estimated last frost date.

Hardening off – acclimate your seedlings to the outside world slowly: start with a few hours the first day in a shaded area away from the wind. The next day, leave them out all day unless there is a temperature or weather change. The third day, leave them out all day and night, save a temperature change or change in the weather. Look to plant them on the fourth day.

Sow all season long – don’t forget that a second round of cool-weather veggies can be planted in the late summer for fall harvest – start those seedlings indoors as well.

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