Vegetable Transplant Guidelines for the Home Garden

Starting your own vegetable plants from seed isn't difficult. Believe me.

With a few simple hints that I'll be giving you, home gardeners can have a great success and gain tremendous satisfaction with little effort in growing your own transplants from seed.

Here are the simple directions. First, select the seed variety you want now because they might go fast on the seed shelves. While you are at your favorite lawn and garden center, gather up some sterile potting soil and containers for seed.

Place your seed at the depth indicated on the pack making sure the soil is moistened. Place a board over the seeded container until they start to germinate and then take it off. The temperature during germination should be around 80 degrees while the temperature should be lowered to about 70-75 degrees after germination.

The key to quality transplant growth is light. Either get a commercial grow light or make your own out of a shop light making sure that you have two flourescent tubes, one 40 watt cool and the other a 40 watt warm tube. The key is make sure that the plants are no further than 6 inches from the growing seedlings at all time till they are taken outside.

One final note, a south facing window will only give your seedlings 10 percent of the light intensity they need. That's why most seedlings are tall and spindly at planting time. Use the lighting I suggested and you should have great vegetable transplants to set out in the spring.

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