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Starting Seeds Indoors

Thinking about starting a garden? Then START EARLY. This is it the best tip for successful gardening in Colorado and Nick’s Garden Center says it never too early to start planning gardens and sowing those seeds, INDOORS of course. There‘s no better feeling than growing your own natural, healthy vegetables from seed and joining the millions of Americans who already take their produce from garden to table. No room for a garden you say? Nick’s says no problem. Certain vegies and herbs can easily be grown in pots or the fun Topsy Turvey for easy tomatoes, peppers or whatever you come up with.

Seeds offer the most economical way to start a garden, costing only cents per plant. Planning ahead is an essential part of any garden, and now is the time to start growing seeds indoors so they are ready for your garden come spring. If you’re ready to take on the rewarding journey of growing your own vegetables, herbs, or flowers from seed then now is the time to start. We at Nick’s Garden Center are happy to help you plan, sow and succeed with all aspects of your garden, starting with seeds.

Shopping-Seed Selection:

New seed packets arrive at Nick’s Garden Center every February and are kept well stocked through the growing season. Although we are still a few months away from those lazy days of summer when we get to enjoy our home grown produce or flowers, it is a good idea in Colorado to get a head start on Mother Nature. Shopping for seeds is always the fun part; Nick’s has new varieties, colorful blends and inspiration on every seed rack.  There is a wide selection of edibles and flowers already on shelves. For the experienced Colorado gardeners we bet you find something new and exciting to try that may delight you for months to come.

What You Will Need To Grow Seeds Indoors In Colorado:

Sunny Window or Plant Light:  If no sunny/bright area is available in your home, not to worry, Nick’s Garden Center carries all kinds of lighting. We have easy and affordable plug in lighting to high output, and all the know how to go with them. One particular light Nick’s carries is the Sun Blaze T5 high output fluorescent lighting system with reflector, value priced, it is easy to use and install providing seedlings with plenty of light. If you aren’t sure what plenty of light IS just ask one of our nurserymen or Nick’s Garden Center hydroponics department.

Seed Tray or Shallow Pots to Accommodate Your Space:  Nick’s Garden Center carries an array of trays and seed starting pots in every size. Grow trays and kits are available with clear plastic lids which mimics a green house to create the ideal growing environment.  Jiffy-Pot is a great manufacturer small pots made from Sphagnum peat moss designed specifically for starting seeds. Seedlings that have been started indoors in Jiffy-Pots can be planted directly in the ground with their pot still attached. The Sphagnum peat moss will decompose quickly in the ground adding organic material to the soil.

Seeding Soil Mix:  The correct soil is essential for growing seeds indoors.  Soils need to have the correct water retention and be lightweight. Several companies make ready to plant in soils such as Fertilome’s “Seed and Cutting Ready to Use Potting Mix.” Likewise, the manufacture Fox Farm produces “Light Warrior Seed Starter Grow Media.” Just a heads up; if you wish to avoid washing soil and seeds all over the kitchen it is important to WET SOIL FIRST before planting seeds. Trust us on this one.

Seeds:  Ah the “Meat and Potatoes.” Pun intended. This is one of the best parts of growing your own vegetables in Colorado, coming to Nick’s Garden Center and shopping our vast selection of top quality seeds. The hard part is deciding what to actually get with nearly every vegetable and flower imaginable at your fingertips and its only water, soil, sunshine away. At Nick’s Garden Center you will find superior quality seeds from the most reputable manufacturers including; Burpee Seeds, Lake Valley Seeds, Beauty Beyond Belief, and Botanical Interests.

Heating Mat:  While this in not ESSENTIAL to growing starting your own seeds it does help immensely. This is especially designed for germinating seeds indoors to create the perfect soil temperature to facilitate the germination process and promote healthy root growth. Nick’s Garden Center carries seed starting mats from an industry leader in indoor garden, Hydro Farm. These seed starting mats are available in various sizes to suite your indoor gardening needs.  

Watering can or spray bottle:  Essential for keeping your plants properly watered. Improperly watered seeds will get washed away or buried to deep.

Visit us at Nick’s Garden Center for all your seed starting supplies and bring all your questions about starting seeds indoors with you. We are ALWAYS here to help. Now with all your seed starting supplies in hand it’s time to plant! Follow these easy steps to put you on the path to successfully growing your own natural and healthy vegetables    1 and plants in Colorado.

Ready, Set, Grow:

  • Place heating mat and grow light, if needed, as directed in your bright location, and place grow light if needed, as well.
  • Read seed packets for individual depth and spacing. Start seeds in small pots and transplant into larger pots as the seedling grows.
  • Fill pots or trays with seeding mix leaving it loose, do not compact.
  • Water and moisten soil.
  • Plant seeds as directed on packet, yes one seed is one plant, poke a hole and drop the seed in and cover
  • Mist lightly and cover with clear plastic dome lid.
  • Sit back and watch them grow!

Take the time to monitor you seedlings for water, temperature, and light. Your seedlings will reward you later if you pay attention to their needs. Once germinated and growing taller remove the clear dome lid to prevent too moist of an area. They will need lots of sunshine, but not too much water, keep them happy until the appropriate outdoor planting dates. Some varieties can go outside earlier than others, we will be happy to advise you on cool season and warm season crops.

Front Range Vegetable Planting Dates

These dates are approximate for planting vegetable seeds in the Colorado Front Range Outdoors and vary from year to year depending on weather.  The idea is to start vegetable seeds indoors to get a head start then plant outdoors on these dates.  Quick tip: to determine when to start growing seeds indoors count backwards from the below estimated planting time, allowing 6-8 weeks to sow and grow indoors before planting outdoors.

  • April 15-Lettuce, Peas, Swiss Chard, and Kale.  Spinach and Onions can be planted directly into the ground from seed on this date.
  • April 21-Cabbage is a great vegetable to start from seed indoors. Carrots, Radishes, and Beets all can be planted directly from seed in the ground on this date.
  • May 7-Beans, Corn, Cucumbers, Melons, Squash, Okra,
  • May 15- Tomatoes, Peppers,

Remember to “harden off” vegetable transplants that have been growing indoors before planting them outdoors. Hardening off is the process of allowing a plant that has been growing indoors to “toughen up” to cooler temperatures and temperature fluctuations. A week before planting outdoors, place indoor grown veggies outside in the morning on mild days above 40 degrees then bring back into the house before night fall. Repeat this process for one week and your transplants will be ready to be planted outdoors. In Colorado we are no stranger to late frosts, so keep an eye on the weather and pull seedlings inside if there is a danger of frost.

Remember, there are 3 basic steps to starting seeds indoors: seeding, growing on, and hardening off.  Nick’s Garden Center is here to help and would be delighted to help you with all your gardening needs. Hope to see you soon in our store, Happy Planting!
Nick’s Garden Center carries many varieties of popular vegetable seeds including but not limited to the following.

Please call for availability this list is a representation of our vegetable seed offerings only:

  • Beans:  BlueLake 274 Beans, Contender Beans, Pencil Pod Black Wax Beans, Top Crop Beans, Kentucky Wonder Beans, and more.
  • Corn:  Early Sun Grown Corn, Golden Jubilee Corn, Silver Queen Corn, Spring Treat, Precious Gem Corn, and more.
  • Cucumber: Burpee Hybrid II Cucumber, Sweet Burpless Hybrid Cucumber, Bush Champion Cucumber, Pickle Bush Cucumber, Straight 8 Cucumber,  Lemon Cucumber, Space Master Cucumber, Armenian Cucumber, and More.
  • Lettuce: Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce, Marvel of the Four Seasons Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, Tri-Colored Leaf Lettuce, and more.
  • Melons:  Minnesota Midget Honeydew, Hearts of Gold Cantaloupe, Imperial 45 Cantaloupe, Crimson Sweet Watermelon, Jubilee Improved Watermelon, Sugar Baby Watermelon, All Sweet Watermelon.
  • Peppers:  Poblano Pepper, Sweet Banana Pepper, Serrano Pepper, Anaheim Pepper, Habanero Pepper, California Wonder Peppers, Jalapeño Pepper, Pepperoncini Pepper, and More.
  • Squash:  Black Beauty Squash, Cocozelle Squash, Dark Green Zucchini, Early Yellow Crookneck Squash, Golden Rush Squash, Golden Spinless Squash, and More.
  • Tomato Seeds:  Beef Steak Tomato, Better Boy Tomato, Big Boy Tomato, Early Girl Tomato, Black Krim Tomato, Gardener’s Delight tomato, Yellow Pear Tomato, Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato, Brandywine Heirloom Tomato, and more.
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