Although it's a little early to begin starting plants from seeds here in Maine , many gardeners are getting a little antsy and dreaming of spring. As the sun's rays get stronger and the days begin to lengthen, early March typically offers the best opportunity for starting seeds.
Before we go on, let's talk about what the experts say, shall we? The experts from the University of Maine Extension will tell you that you shouldn't start your tomato plants until April. Perhaps this works for large greenhouses, but as a home gardener I can tell you this simply isn't so.
Tomato plants started from seed in April in the home will not be ready for transplanting to the garden when warm weather arrives. You, of course, are free to follow their advice if you wish - but I'm warning you,. You will be disappointed by the tiny seedlings when planting time arrives.
Following the lead of successful gardeners in your local area is always a good practice. They are the people who are out there everyday working in the garden and have insight into the unique gardening conditions in your area.
Tips for Seed Starting
Until next time . . . HAPPY GARDENING!
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