Reap nutritious bounty from your garden this year by getting a head start on spring planting. Its easy!
Check the seed packets to learn how many weeks before the last frost date you should plant. You can find out where your region's frost date is by visiting http://www.almanac.com/content/frost-chart-canada.
1. Use clean seed trays or pots with good drainage. Fill with fresh, commercial potting mix to within 1/4-inch (5 mm) of the rim. Moisten soil at least 1 hour before planting.
2. Sow seeds, moisten gently and place in either a light or dark area, as directed on the packet, until germinated. Once germinated, place seedlings in good natural light; supplement with florescent bulbs if needed.
3. Keep seedlings moist, but do not overwater. Once seedlings establish true leaves, fertilize once a week. One week before planting, harden the plants by moving outdoors to a shady place for extended lengths of time.
Annual herbs and vegetables are the easiest to grow. Find seeds at garden centers or shop online at recognized seed companies. Or, for a sense of heritage, check out Seeds of Diversity for companies that sell heirloom seeds.