I have a gorgeous sun room on the front of my house. The thought of starting my herbs from seeds in this room, was one of the many enticing reasons to choose this house! I can hardly wait to plant some herbs!
Here in Montana, we'll probably get a later start than the rest of you, but I'm eager to get going!
I thought this article that appeared in last week's The Oregonian by Kim Pokorney on how to get ready for planting your garden was quite helpful, especially for beginner gardeners.
"Start by separating all your packets of seed into two piles: those that will be 'direct-sown' (planted right in the garden) and those that will be started indoors. Put a rubber band around whatever seeds you'll be planting outdoors and set them aside.
Now spread out your 'sow indoors' pile and start reading the back of the seed packets. On the back you should find something like, 'For earliest bloom or fruit production, start six to eight weeks before last frost date.'
Sort your packets into piles according to these recommendations, making separate piles for five, seven, nine weeks and so on. Some packets, especially those for perennials, may only tell you how long it takes the seeds to germinate. If that's all you have to go on, take that figure (which is usually a range) and add six weeks. Then put the packet into the appropriate pile."
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