Let’s Get This Garden Started

The number one herb this season is cilantro, leaves of the coriander plant. (Photo courtesy of Martin Viette Nurseries)
The number one herb this season is cilantro, leaves of the coriander plant. (Photo courtesy of Martin Viette Nurseries)

Rick Van Bourgondien of Van Bourgondien Nursery in Dix Hills had advice for amateur gardeners who want to start growing their gardens from seed now.
“Get a seed starting tray and seed starting soil and grow them on a windowsill. It comes with a tray with a plastic insert with little tubes and a little dome that goes over it. You put it in the windowsill and the sun beats on it and makes a miniature greenhouse.”

He recommends placing it in a west or south window: west for the afternoon sun; south for all-day sun. “North is no good. East is out of the question,” he said. “Or you could get a plant light to go over it.”
If you’re not sure which seeds to plant in time to transfer them outdoors, Van Bourgondien said that cold weather vegetables like Brussels sprouts, spinach and celery should be started now. There’s still time to grow seedlings for warm weather vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes, peas and peppers.
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