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The basic idea behind starting seeds is that you plant seeds and keep them indoors while it is still too cold outside. Then when it is warm enough for the seedlings to thrive outdoors you transplant them to their permanent (or annual) home in your garden. You can of course purchase seedlings at a garden supply center, and some people prefer to do so. But there are several advantages to starting your own seeds.

Many beginner and average gardeners have never heard of the term “zone hardiness,” or if they have, they have no idea what it means. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has divided North America into 13 different hardiness zones based on temperature and climate. Each one is labeled as zone 1, zone 2 etc. through zone 13.  Zone 1 is the coldest climate and zone 13 is the hottest.

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