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Friday, January 24, 2014

It's that time again... seed starting!!

Even though it may still be the middle of an Arctic winter outside...

You can start some seeds inside now!  I like to start my seeds in a mixture of compost and potting soil, and leave them under lights for at least 12 hours a day.  (This is probably way more light than they'll get in the ground at my house for several months.)  You don't need to get any kind of special expensive "grow" lights, seeds will grow with regular fluorescent lights.  More details on a seed-starting setup can be found here.  

This is a great book to give you some ideas for year-round gardening; the author is in Canada, so I figure it's fair to say that anything she can grow, you can grow in the U.S.!
So, what seeds should you start right now? I'm focusing on greens like kale, chard, arugula, and lettuce, as well as some quick-growing herbs that don't need to ever be outside to be delicious.  (I'm looking at you cilantro and parsley!)  Find some other great suggestions here at NW Edible Life.

Soon my garden will look like this, but until then, I'll take some indoor veggies!

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