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Germinating seeds in Northeast

The last time I germinated seeds I did it a bit too early and they never quite made it to the garden. I ended up using seedlings from the store the last few years. I bought seeds this year for an herb garden because I thought it would be a fun project to share with my 2 y/o daughter. Any suggestions about appdroximately when to begin to germinate them, and how/when to acclimate them to the outside climate when they are ready

Re: Germinating seeds in Northeast

  • You need to find out what your last frost date is, but you're not far south of me (Union Co) and ours it May 10th this year.  Start the seeds indoors 4-6 weeks ahead of the last frost, with plenty of light (we have a grow lite set up).  Then about two weeks ahead of last frost start putting them outside for a few hours each day to harden them.

     I have the Sunset Northeastern Garden Book, which I really recommend for gardening in the NE.

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    ....with plenty of light (we have a grow lite set up). 

    Which grow lights do you have and where did you get them?

    TIA

    PS....I'm near you.....are you aware of any seed swaps or plant swaps or anything like that in the area?

    One beautiful toddler and one beautiful baby.
  • I ended up buying a LED panel from Amazon--my seeds are just popping up now though. 
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