March 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm
by Regina Ragone
If you read my column in the April issue you know that I am a first time gardener. Luckily, I have a lot of friends with green thumbs to advise me along the way so it shouldn’t have come as any surprise when one of them told me I had better start my indoor containers (to be later transplanted outside) NOW. Since it was determined I was in zone 7b (The USDA recently released released a new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map), the first major revision since 1990 I had to check out what I needed to get going first so I used the Burpee growing calendar, which made it super easy, and then decided on eggplant, peppers and tomatoes. I also found this seed starting video which I will be following step-by-step this weekend.
Have you started your seeds? Share in the comments below.
Regina Ragone, R.D., is food director at Family Circle magazine.