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I picked up 10 American Seed brand seed packets on sale to practice growing with (I've bought expensive organic kinds before and killed them all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. I have Radish, Cucumber, Yellow Squash, Tomato, Dill, Onion, Carrott, Zucchini, Spinach, and Green Peppers.<br><br>
My questions are:<br>
Can I start them in cardboard egg cartons?<br>
What kind of soil should I plant them in?<br>
I'm in Zone 4 so when should I start them indoors?<br>
How do you plant things with tiny micro seeds, by trying to drop just ONE seed in each cup? (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br><br>
I would love anyone's tips or websites that they found helpful.<br><br>
Thank you in advance! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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Personally I think egg cartons aren't big enough to start seeds because its really hard to keep the soil from drying out. To start the seeds I usually use a seed starter mix (vermiculite, peat, and perilite) that can usually be found at the hardware store. I like to also pre sprout my seeds before I start them in the seed starer soil. Remember in grade school when you put a bean in a plastic bag w/ a damp paper towel? The idea is the same. I put tomamto, pepper, chard, etc seeds in a bag w/ a damp paper towel on top of my furnace, to keep the seeds between 65-75 degrees to help them germinate quicker. Once they've sproted I transplant them into the starter mix in seedling trays and keep a light on them 13-17 hours a day. ok I think I'm rambling right now. A great book for begining gardening is Square Foot Gardening. About starting seeds... read the back of the seed packets it should tell you how mamny weeks before thje last frost day you should start your seeds indoor. I googled zon e4 and frost date and found...<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Best of luck!!!
 

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That was VERY helpful. I never attended school (with the exception of a few months in 2nd grade) so I never learned anything like that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><br><br>
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Glad it was helpful!!! Sorry about the assumption about going to school. I really, really reading Square foot Gardening.. Its a nice intresting read and it has lots of pictures (which is always a huge plus for me!!)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Once they've sproted I transplant them into the starter mix in seedling trays and keep a light on them 13-17 hours a day.</div>
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what kind of light? this is where i'm stuck. i'm a newbie, too, for seeds. do i *have* to have a special kind of light?<br>
also, what is a seedling tray?<br><br>
i'm in zone 7, i think. asheville, NC.<br><br>
thanks,<br>
pamela
 

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I'm in zone 2a, and I'm supposed to start my seeds this week or thereabouts. My grandparents live in N.Idaho (zone 5a) and they start theirs on March 3. Easy date for them to remember, it's my dad's birthday.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">what kind of light? this is where i'm stuck. i'm a newbie, too, for seeds. do i *have* to have a special kind of light?<br>
also, what is a seedling tray?</div>
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a seedling tray is just a tray with spaces to start seedlings. Mine have 72 spots, they look like a bunch of teeny pots all stuck together. The tray should also come with a clear cover to create a mini-greenhouse. I don't use a special light, I just put the tray near the window everyone I know here does the same. If you want to use a light, just get a grow-light. Full spectrum, I believe is another name for it.
 

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I have mine in my basement under regular flourescent shop lights.<br>
Go to your local library and check out a few gardening books.<br>
Emilie
 
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