Anyone who plants a vegetable garden every year knows how trick Mother Nature can be when it gets near planting time. You can get out there and get your garden spot all ready to plant in and get your seeds in the ground. They can get sprouted in a week or more for a lot of plants and then, boom, you get a late frost and everything gets wiped out. Then you have to start all over again. Even if a late frost does not come, sometimes spring rains can be heavy unexpectedly and can wash your little sprouts right out of the ground.
Battling Mother Nature in early spring to get your garden growing healthy right from the start is usually always a challenge. The one way to ensure that your plants get a good healthy start ahead of time is by starting your seeds indoor. Avid vegetable gardeners usually start their own seeds indoors because buying seeds is much cheaper than buying seedlings that have already been started for you and are ready to put in the ground after the last frost. Most people grow a vegetable garden because they want to save money on their food bill and because they want to know exactly what their vegetables have been grown with. You can be sure to save money and know what has gone into your plant when you start from seeds.
To start your vegetable seeds indoors, you will need a good potting soil, although it does not have to be expensive, small containers to start your seeds in, the seeds themselves and a grow light or two depending on how many plants you are going to start. The reason you might need a grow light is because in late winter, along about February, there can still be many cloudy days ahead and you will need some artificial sunlight. Grow lights work perfectly to provide your new seedlings with the light they need.
You will need to read up on each different vegetable you are going to start indoors to determine exactly when the best time is to plant the seeds in your containers. Some cool loving plants like broccoli and cauliflower can be planted indoors as long as twelve weeks before the last frost. This means that when you get them in the ground outdoors, they will already be of fair size and well on their way to producing before long. Every vegetable plant is different. Some need more light, some less. Some need more water, some less. Some even need different soil nutrients in order to grow well and produce the maximum amount of vegetables. Learning about every plant you grow will be invaluable knowledge.