IIt may seem too early to think about your vegetable garden. However, if you want to grow vegetables from your own seed, it’s time for a few weeks for some and other vegetables.
The first step is to search some online seed catalogs to find unique vegetables to grow. You didn’t plant orange carrots in my garden, but red, yellow, purple, white, and many other types of carrots. I try not to grow vegetables like the ones you find in grocery stores, but different varieties that are just tastier and more fun to eat.
If you start so early, instead of buying transplanted plants, you can start your own plants from seed. One of the advantages of self-seeding is that there is more choice in seed packages than in nurseries, or you can order seeds from many garden seed suppliers. You may have already received the catalogs in the mail. If not, search for vegetable seeds on google. There may be five different varieties of transplanted tomatoes in a nursery, but there may be 10 or more different types of tomato seeds, and if you search a little, you can find hundreds of different types of tomatoes.
Another benefit of starting a transplant is that I know people who start tomatoes so early that by mid-April they’re big enough to be in one-gallon containers or milk cartons. Tomatoes can appear on these plants even before they are planted outdoors, giving the gardener a long tomato season.
It may be cheaper to grow the transplant from seeds. You can buy a package of seeds with enough seeds for many years, for roughly the same amount as a single transplant. However, considering your time, water, fertilizer, and light, it can be more expensive. One of the biggest disadvantages of starting your own transplant is that you want to grow too many plants. Most want to start 20 or 30 plants from seed. An average family only needs four tomato plants. These four plants give more than enough fresh tomatoes. I think I need to plant the pepper seeds very early, especially the more pungent varieties, they grow more slowly at first.
But you can still start sowing seeds in late winter and early spring. These include snow peas, cauliflower, broccoli, beets and carrots. In some cases, beets and carrots are probably best planted directly in the garden
Here are 10 quick and easy steps to start seeding and transplanting vegetables.
1 – Soak the seeds overnight in a small glass or even a shallow saucer.
2 – Fill the tank, egg cartons or small pots with no more than 1/4 inch of soil from the top and add water to moisten the entire soil. I use a bag of potting soil for this step.
3 – Place a few seeds in each pot and cover with a fine flower soil. Do not mix different seedlings in the same container as they are small, all the same.
4 – Place all containers in a shallow pan. Cover the pan and dishes with clear plastic, or use a large clear plastic bag and place the pan and containers in the bag. Insert a few holes in the plastic to get fresh air into the bag. The plastic retains moisture and you don’t have to water the plants as often. Place the tank under the lights or in the south window.
5 – Within a few days the seeds should germinate. Remove the plastic after the seeds begin to germinate. Leaving the seedlings in the plastic after germination can cause a disease called “attenuation” that destroys the seedlings.
6 – Only water the seedlings if they need water and continue to provide plenty of light. Check the soil with your finger, if the soil is about half an inch dry, it’s time to water it.
7. When the seedlings are about two inches tall, remove all but the strongest seedlings and leave one plant per container. Fertilize the plants with liquid fertilizer, about half the recommended amount.
8 – If the seedlings become too large for the container, they can be transferred to larger containers, such as milk cartons or one-liter soft drink bottles, by cutting off the top and punching holes in the bottom.
9. Move the plants to a cooler place about two weeks before planting them outdoors, but still provide plenty of light for the plants. If you move the plants from a house temperature of 70 degrees to a night temperature of 40 degrees, the plants will die.
10 – One week before planting, transfer them to a terrace and cover them overnight with plastic to harden the seedlings.
If you start your own transplants, you can get a better selection of vegetables. It’s also a great activity to involve the whole family in gardening.
If you don’t plan on starting your own seed, that’s okay, and it may be easier for most beginners if you don’t start your own transplant. But planting time is important. Keep in mind that some nurseries will start looking for transplanted tomatoes long before you can plant them outdoors.
Therefore, keep in mind the Antelope Valley freezing date, which is April 17. Remember, if you plant before the frost date, without any special frost protection, you will be involved in the life of your vegetable crops.