Starting your seeds indoors has a lot of advantages here in the maritime Pacific Northwest. We can get a significant jump on those cool season vegetables that can't quite take the occasional arctic blast of January or February. With our long growing season, sowing in pots can help us make more efficient use of our gardens by allowing us to give a head start to plants that can replace others in the garden whose useful life is ending. Also, since so much of the year is too cool for heat-loving crops to thrive, growing them indoors is the only practical way to grow tomatoes and peppers for a long enough period to bring them to harvest!
This doesn't have to be difficult either. All we have to do is remember the basic principles of growing transplants indoors. This series of articles will explore each of these important factors.
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