This is the first seed-starting video I’ve made for the channel. It could be a win-win. You find out what’s ready to grow in NE Florida, and I get better organized and keep the food and flowers growing.
A big thanks out to Dixie & One Mellow Marigold for the seeds.
Seed Starting Pots from Epic Gardening
Green House from Tractor Supply
My greenhouse should be here in a few days, so I’ll be ready to GROW.
Swiss Chard Salad Recipe https://alexandracooks.com/2014/08/07…
Growing hardiness Zone 9A / 9B typically experiences mild winters and has a relatively long growing season. The average first frost date in the fall is usually around early to mid-December, while the average last frost date in the spring is often around late February to early March. However, these dates can vary slightly depending on the specific location within Northeast Florida.
It’s important to keep in mind that these are average dates, so it’s always a good idea to be prepared for frost a bit earlier in the fall and later in the spring, just in case. Local microclimates can also affect frost dates.
- Choose the Right Seeds: Focus on cool-season crops that can tolerate the mild winters, such as lettuce, spinach, kale, peas, and broccoli.
- Indoor Seed Starting: If you’re starting seeds for warm-season plants, it’s best to do this indoors where you can control the temperature. Make sure they have enough light and warmth to germinate and grow strong before transplanting outdoors.
- Use Grow Lights: Natural light can be limited in December, so using grow lights can help provide your seedlings with the necessary light they need to grow strong.
- Maintain Proper Temperature: Most seeds need a consistent soil temperature to germinate. Warm-season crops typically require warmer soil temperatures, so using a heat mat can be beneficial.
- Monitor Moisture: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Seed starting mix is often recommended because it’s sterile and drains well.
- Harden Off Seedlings: Before transplanting outdoor, gradually acclimate your seedlings to outdoor conditions. This process is known as hardening off and usually takes about a week.
- Protection from Frost: Keep an eye on the weather forecast. If an unexpected frost is predicted, be prepared to cover outdoor seedlings or bring them inside if they are in containers.
- Soil Preparation: If you’re planting directly into the garden, make sure the soil is workable and not too wet. Adding compost can improve soil structure and provide nutrients to the plants.
Remember, gardening requires a bit of trial and error, so don’t be discouraged if everything doesn’t go perfectly. Enjoy the process and the learning experience!
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About Michelle In The Meadow
I’m growing on a 1/4 acre suburban lot. I started gardening here 4 years ago and am glad you are here.
We have more than 80 individual fruit trees and shrubs and more than a dozen different kinds of annuals growing on this property. The slopes make for some interesting ways to garden, but we’re trying to make the best of it.
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