How to Start Your Own Seedlings This Spring

How to Start Your Own Seedlings This Spring

Beautiful flowers in your garden, delicious home-grown vegetables on your table and a chance to be one with the universe.

All this can be yours this spring, and it all starts by planting a seed.

“Starting your own seedlings for the garden is a great way to save money and grow varieties of flowers, vegetables and other plants not usually found in stores or garden centers,” said Sarah Fellerer, master gardener program coordinator with University of Illinois Extension. “Program attendees will learn valuable information to begin or improve the process.”

There is still time to join Kane County Master Gardeners for a seed-starting workshop on March 28 in St. Charles, but it’s recommended you act fast because space is limited.

Master Gardeners Sue Styer and Leah Beck will offer tips on seed choice, soil preparation, container selection, lighting options and troubleshooting problems. They’ll also will cover common mistakes home gardeners make and offer guidance to avoid them.

The “Seed Starting” presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at the University of Illinois Extension office in Kane County, 535 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. The workshop costs $10 per person, and space is limited.

Registration is available online at If a reasonable accommodation is needed to attend this program, contact the office at 630-584-6166, at least two weeks prior to the event.

For more information on the University of Illinois Extension programs in your county, visit University of Illinois Extension provides educational programs and research-based information to help Illinois residents improve their quality of life, develop skills and solve problems.

SOURCE: Illinois Cooperative Extension news release