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Can I start all of my seeds indoors?

Indianapolis, IN

I bought the biodegradable trays with lids.......can I start all of my seeds indoors? I thought it would be a good idea but then i thought maybe somethings do worse if you start them inside.
I have the following seeds
green peppers
cherry tomatoes
green beans

so is it ok to start all of them in the starter trays or are there some that should not be started inside???any advice would be great thank you!

Petersburg, VA

I think you can start them all except the peas. Peas don't seem to like to be moved; however, I would try anyway. Everyone told me that I couldn't start corn inside, but I put the seeds in biodegradable pots, never disturbed the roots and grew a beautiful crop of silver queen corn. So Good Luck.

SE Houston (Hobby), TX(Zone 9a)

If it's still cold where you are, you might wanna explore the Winter Sowing forum before you start your seeds inside...

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9a)

roxy - you can start all those seeds inside easily except the peas and beans. They do best direct seeded in the garden in my opinion. Peas as soon as the soil can be worked and beans once the soil temp is up a bit - they will rot if planted in cold soil. Not too sure about beets as I've always planted them directly in the garden.

I direct seed everything except tomatoes and peppers and sometimes eggplant (and I have direct seeded all of them successfully before). It's best to start those seeds 6-8 weeks before your last frost date.

As Linda mentions, winter sowing is definitely an option to look into...

Tonto Basin, AZ

Think I'll have a go at the watermelons and cantaloupe seedling inside. Maybe get a couple weeks head start over directly seeded plants and spread the harvest out some.

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9a)

Frank, you're a bit cooler than here so I think that might work out excellent for you. They germinate pretty fast inside and do grow rather quickly;o) Two or three weeks would give you a nice head start.

Port Norris, NJ(Zone 7b)

Roxy, I start all indoors except root veggies. For the beans & peas
which don't like to be transplanted I start them individually in a small
peat pot - then just put it all in the ground.

Tonto Basin, AZ

locakelly, when do you usually seed your melons?


Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9a)

Frank, I can direct seed them now through July or set out transplants. Last year I transplanted some mid-February...

silver spring, MD(Zone 7a)

Last year I seeded my beans inside and they did wonderfully. I like to use the little grow plugs. You know those little expandable growing pellets. You can plant them directly in the soil without disturbing the roots. I too have read that you can't seed corn inside and I've found tht does fine aswell.

SE Houston (Hobby), TX(Zone 9a)

Sounds like the gate's open for us to start sowing seeds any and everywhere! Inside, outside, peat pots, direct sow.

Just do it, right? NOW, right?

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9a)

Quote from Gymgirl :
Just do it, right? NOW, right?

You got it!

SE Houston (Hobby), TX(Zone 9a)


"Jumping up and down clapping hands SMILEY!!!!"

Monroe, WA(Zone 8a)

I have started sweet corn and peas inside using the small expandable peat pot things from Jiffy. Or alternately, use the peat or coconut coir little pots that you put potting soil in to start plants indoors and then plant the whole pot into the ground when the time comes.

I just transfered some sprouting lentil seedlings from one container to a larger because I was just testing if they were viable but then decided to keep them for a crop and I messily did this (it was disastrous)...the single tap roots all got extremely disturbed. The larger container I will leave them in and put the container outside when it gets warmer. However, though I completely disturbed the roots of these barely sprouted lentils, they have not skipped a beat in their final container. So, this and other things I have experienced with them, tells me that lentils are more tough and resilient than most other beans and peas.

When I sprouted Little Marvel Peas indoors last year I used the Jiffy peat pellets and thus did not have root disruption and so I do not know how well they would hold up if I did to them as I just did my lentils. LOL

SE Houston (Hobby), TX(Zone 9a)

I transplanted Wando peas from the WSed milk jugs 2 the raised bed. Aside from a little yellowing (no clue) they're doing great. Ready to start climbing the trellis. I also have Little Marvel peas planted last weekend in milk jugs. I'm gonna transplant them 2 the raised bed this Saturday.

You mean I'm not supposed th transplant them??!

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silver spring, MD(Zone 7a)

Everything I've read says not to do corn, peas or beans, cause they put out a long tap root. I'm so glad I was doing the transplant thing before I read this. I find that's the secret to keeping a full garden. I'm always starting something during the season so I can just drop it in an empt hole when I have one. One year before we had kids I actually fed my husband and me from a 10x10 raised bed by doing this. I'd really love to get back to doing that.

My beans, okra, some peppers, and tomatoes came up today. I'm going to start some lacinato kale, broccoli and lettuce this am. My cold frame is really hopping (just put it in sunday) I've got hanging strawberries, kale, alsorts of chinese green, and peas in there that I'm going to put out this weekend.

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SE Houston (Hobby), TX(Zone 9a)

That cold frame looks inviting. Where'd you order it from?

I'm looking at the design, and think I could use my industrial sewing machine to make one.

So, you're sowing seeds now, huh?

I have about 60 tomato plants in 16 oz. Red solo cups, sitting out in the sunshine today. They were up potted halfway last weekend, and I topped them off with MG potting mix/Coco Coir last night. Just trying to get them big enough now to offer to my co-workers for $1-1.50/apiece. I just wanna break even on my outlay and have a bit left over for my own gardening supplies this and next season.

My WSedbell pepper seedlings are 10" tall under the fluorescents, and I can see at least 2 flowerbuds in the mix! I have 37 bells, and they're going out this weekend on a hardening off field trip!



silver spring, MD(Zone 7a)

I'm growing under an HID and daylight floresents. Anything that has to be held til warm weather goes under HID. Cool weather go under florsents until I can get them in the cold frame. I got the cold frame from Gardeners supply. Talk about evil minds. I was an historical costume historian, read I made historical reproduction garments for museums. Anyway, I was thinking the same thing. Only, its offered at such a reasonable price, and I make all my daughter's clothes, that its stupid for me to make my own. I saw hoop house instructions on that I think I'm going to try. I can't wait to get the lacinato kale going. Its so nutricious and so expensive. I'm growing fenel as well. I plan for every bit of sun in my back yard to be used as food growing space. I have to check my covenents to see if I can squeeze in a few ornamental fowl.

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