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Start seeds now for warm season crops

Green basil seedlings, photo taken from above

Warm season vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and eggplant as well as some herbs like basil, oregano and marjoram should be started indoors 6-8 weeks before our last frost date (mid to late May for southern and central Minnesota, and late May to early June for the north). Use a germination mix from your garden center or mix your own and plant in plastic pots or peat pots. Keep seedlings warm and moist, and use grow lights as needed. For more tips, see Starting seeds indoors.

bee on crimson clover

Cover crops provide nitrogen for growing healthy vegetables without over fertilizing. Our new video highlights the many benefits of summer cover crops and how to grow them easily in your home garden.

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