Tired of the cold?  Longing for warmer temperatures?  You can actually allow yourself to “think spring.”  It’s time to vegetable-indoorabegin planning your outdoor summer garden…indoors!

If you want to get a jump on the growing season, there are a number of garden vegetables that you can sow indoors, undercover, beginning in mid-March.  At the appropriate time, the vegetables can then be transplanted into your outdoor garden.   By starting vegetables indoors, you usually gain 4 to 6 weeks over crops started by seed in the ground.  Another benefit – it’s less expensive to grow your own plants than it is to buy more established seedlings at planting time.

The best plants for an early start are those which tolerate root disturbance including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, and tomatoes.   Seeds are typically easier to start indoors than outdoors, as you have more control of the growing conditions.

For some suggestions and advice on growing indoors, check out this website: