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Backyard Gardener: Starting seedlings for the garden

Starting flowers or vegetables from seed allows you to select the varieties you prefer. Seeds come in many shapes and sizes (upper left). Lights are critical when growing transplants indoors (upper right). Two tomato transplants at the same age. However, the one on the right is stouter and more compact because it was grown closer to the light source (lower right). Lights must be 2-4 inches from the plant for optimum growth (lower left). (Oregon State University Extension, University of Maine Extension, University of Missouri Extension, and Mississippi State University Extension respectively/Courtesy)

Starting flowers or vegetables from seed allows you to select the varieties you prefer. Seeds come in many shapes and sizes (upper left). Lights are critical when growing transplants indoors (upper right). Two tomato transplants at the same age. However, the one on the right is stouter and more compact because it was grown closer to the light source (lower right). Lights must be 2-4 inches from the plant for optimum growth (lower left). (Oregon State University Extension, University of Maine Extension, University of Missouri Extension, and Mississippi State University Extension respectively/Courtesy)

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