Planting seeds in cell packs placed under grow lights is a great way to celebrate National Nutrition Month and to jump-start your garden at a fraction of the cost of purchasing live plants. Anytime close to St. Patty's day is a good time to get seeds started.
Even though the ground is still cold, cold hardy plants like lettuce, kale and arugula can now be directly sown outside. If you're not one to start plants indoors from seed, I noticed that garden centers, and even Home Depot, now have kale and lettuce plants for sale. Veggies can be grown in community gardens or pots outside if you don't have a garden area.
For those curious about germination times, I will post the number of days to germination next to each flower or veggie listed as they germinate. These plants are easy to start from seeds and are what I planted today, March 23, here in South Jersey, USDA zone 7a:
- Big Yellow Heirloom tomatoes: 7 days
- Large red heirloom tomatoes: 7 days
- Goldman's Italian-American heirloom tomatoes: 7 days
- Chocolate cherry tomatoes: 7 days
- Abelmoschus esculentus 'Burgundy' Okra: 7 days
- Jalapeno peppers: 10 days
- Clary Sage, Salvia viridis 'Marble Arch Rose': 4 days
- Salvia coccinea 'Lady in Red': 6 days
- Coral Nymph Salvia: 8 days
- Ornamental Millet, Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty': 5 days (cat(s) ate them ALL at 21 days!! must taste like grass. be sure to protect)
- Red Cypress vine
Starting Seeds Indoors
Rare Forms by Amy Goldman
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