Ready, Set….SEED!!

Jan 3, 2011

Alright folks, no rest for the weary here in N. Texas! We get to garden 12 months out of the year and it's just about time to start those spring veggie seeds!


You can refer to an older post HERE for more info about exactly what to start when. You can also use the search function to the right and search seeds for several other detailed posts. Now is a great time to start amending your veggie beds or building your new raised beds so that they will be ready for your first transplants.

DO NOT, EVER, try starting your seeds indoors without supplemental lighting. It's a must-have. Also, January is chilly so tomatoes and peppers will appreciate you adding a seeding heat mat to your set up. You'll be very pleased with the results of both supplemental lighting and additional heat - well worth the initial investment.

NHG has good stock on cool season herb transplant as well as some cool season veggie transplants right now. You can start seeding cole crops now for transplant outdoors in 5-6 weeks, and in a week or so get a start on those tomato transplants. For my new class schedule visit my main website at:   Veggie Gardening 101 is on Jan. 13th and registration is required!


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Dj Horn Solo
Jan 03, 2011
7:19 pm

Thanks for the heads up!!

Last spring was our first organic backyard garden. We learned a lot and can’t wait for 2011 harvest! 
25’X 50’
We had issues with stink bug eggs on some farmers market bought zucchini, so we are starting everything from seed this year to be safe.
Thanks again for the tips!

Leslie Finical Halleck
Jan 03, 2011
7:29 pm

Sure thing! It’s easy to miss crucial seeding windows with our climate the way it is. There is a bit of flexibility with most crops, however with tomatoes you really have to get the seeding done on-time. Tomato seedlings need a good 8 weeks to transplant so if you wait until February to start them, you’ll be planting in April, which is verging on toooo late!

Samantha Burns
Jan 04, 2011
8:39 am

I’m so envious right now!!  Here in Maine it’s at least three more months before I can even think about starting seeds for our spring veggies.  But that doesn’t stop me from pouring over the seed catalogs I just received in the mail!!

Leslie Finical Halleck
Jan 08, 2011
12:31 pm

Samantha…I often wish I could have that long to sift through the catalogs and dream! But no break for us, lol. I do love the mild winter weather though!

Jun 25, 2011
1:57 am

I wish I lived in a warmer climate and could plsnt sll year round.  But it’s great to read about it.  thanks.

Oct 31, 2011
12:42 pm

What a great post. I especially appreciate the tip on adding heat to tomato seedling to give them a great start before planting in the ground.

Leslie Finical Halleck
Oct 31, 2011
6:22 pm

Sure think Debra!

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