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Gardening tips for Duluth's Northern climate, hosted by Master Gardener Tom Kasper.

Tips for Hardy Gardeners: Starting Seeds

Indoor seedlings under a lamp
Double Dug [via Flickr]

Spring is creeping ever closer, and some gardeners are thinking about starting seed planting indoors. Before diving in, Tom Kasper has a few notes for gardeners who want to do it right.

"Things like peppers are really ideal now," says Kasper. Peppers are slow growing, so they'll likely prosper indoors and last until after the last frost. Tomatoes grow much faster, so exercise a bit of patience. Four weeks prior to the last frost is a good rule for starting seeds indoors. "The last frost is around the end of May."

Equipping yourself appropriately starts with a good germination mix. "Which is different than potting soil," says Kasper. "It's a finer, thinner, more light media that the seeds can easily grow through." You'll also need trays for the seeds and a light source.

The right timing, enough light, and the appropriate amount of water will all add up to the start of your 2023 garden.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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