Launch a stealth attack on winter by sprouting seeds indoors (to get a start on your edible garden). It’s simpler than you may think.
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Keep It Simple
Find a Sunny Spot
Keep Them Moist
Water the seed pots daily, to keep them moist. But don’t flood them. The soil should look dark and moist, but you should never let water pool on the surface.
The first two leaves to sprout will look undifferentiated. A few days later, a third leaf–a true leaf–will appear, displaying characteristics of the plant. At this point, you can thin seedlings, removing all but one from each pot.
You can transplant seedlings to larger pots after their true leaves appear. Or you can transplant them into the garden next spring after the last frost date; if you started your seeds in biodegradable newspaper pots, you can plant the pots directly in the garden.