Whether you are a seasoned Green Thumb, or a beginner gardner, you can get a jump on your garden before the last frost by planting seeds indoors. While there’s all sorts of things you can buy to accelerate this process, a tried-and-true method is to use peat moss pellets and a domed seed starter. Add water and seeds, put on a window sill or a table near a window that gets good sun, and you’ll get some sprouts before too long. And, at $9.99 for the basic Jiffy Starter Kit, you can get going for less than a good lunch!
Starting your own seeds at home is a great way to plant unique heirlooms, have a wider variety of veggies, as well as to have a bonding relationship with your garden – you know, seeing them from the very very start!
While this method works well if you have a wide space near a window (there are window-sill-sized domes and heaters), if you only have space in a garage, basement, or away from windows, you may want to consider a heated mat.
Heated mats will keep the soil temperature warm and consistent, as well as produce condensation that will keep your soil moist from the top at all times.