192-Start Seeds Indoors Successfully-Encore Presentation

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Indoor seed starting time is nearly upon us, and whether you are starting seeds yourself for the first time in 2021 or you have prior experience, I’m certain you’ll find my discussion with tomato growing expert Craig LeHoullier enlightening. In this encore presentation, Craig and I share tips and tricks to successfully start seeds indoors.

In this podcast, Craig speaks to choosing a seed-starting medium and containers, when and how to transplant, cluster seed starting, watering, and how to deal with leggy seedlings. For details on all of the valuable advice from this episode, including helpful photos, check out the show notes from the original airing


The cluster seed starting method to start seeds indoors.

Craig LeHoullier is an advocate for the cluster seed starting method.


To better prepare you for starting seeds confidently, I’m relaunching my popular joegardener Online Gardening Academy Master Seed Starting course later this month, starting on 1/27/2021. The comprehensive and engaging course covers everything you need to know to start seeds both indoors and out. You can sign up to be notified when enrollment begins so you don’t miss this short enrollment window that ends on 2/2/2021 at midnight.

In addition to the relaunch of Master Seed Starting, I’m offering the free webinar Seed Basics & Beyond: 9 Things to Know Before You Start Plants From Seed. There are both morning and afternoon opportunities to join a session of this live program, from Thursday, January 28, to Saturday, January 30, but “seating” is limited. Sign up at, or pick your preferred time from the menu below and click “REGISTER.”


Indoor seed starting racks and lights with seedlings.

Knowing how to start seeds indoors opens up a world of possibilities for gardeners.


If you haven’t already listened to my conversation with Craig LeHoullier on seed starting, you can scroll to the top of the page and click the Play icon in the green bar under the page title.

What is the biggest challenge you face when you start seed indoors? Let us know in the comments below.

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Links & Resources

Some product links in this guide are affiliate links. See full disclosure below.

Episode 003: Epic Tomato Growing with Craig LeHoullier

Episode 004: Heirloom Tomatoes with Craig LeHoullier

Episode 005: What’s Wrong with my Tomatoes with Craig LeHoullier

Episode 033: Savvy Seed Catalog Shopping with Craig LeHoullier

Episode 037: Starting Seeds Indoors: The Non-Negotiables for Success, Pt. 1

Episode 038: How to Start Seeds Indoors: The Non-Negotiables for Success, Pt. 2 

Episode 039: How to Start Seeds Indoors: Digging Deeper, Pt. 3

Episode 047: Tomato Seedling Mistakes with Craig LeHoullier

Episode 094: How to Start and Care for Seedlings Indoors: My Steps for Success

Episode 095: Tomato Seed Starting Update: Innovations and Inspiration, with Craig LeHoullier

Episode 130: Winter Sowing: A Simple Way To Successfully Start Seeds Outdoors

Episode 146: Catching Up With Epic Tomatoes Author Craig LeHoullier: Big Changes and New Opportunities

joegardenerTV YouTube: How to Know if Seeds Are Still Good

joegardenerTV YouTube: Seed Germination – Easy Tricks for More Success

joegardener Online Gardening Academy™: Three popular courses on gardening fundamentals; managing pests, diseases & weeds; and seed starting!

joegardener Online Gardening Academy Master Seed Starting: Everything you need to know to start your own plants from seed — indoors and out. Relaunching Thursday, January 28, 2021.

joegardener Seed Basics & Beyond: 9 Things to Know Before You Start Plants From Seed

joegardenerTV YouTube

joegardener Newsletter

joegardener Facebook

joegardener Facebook Group

joegardener Instagram

joegardener Pinterest

joegardener Twitter

Growing a Greener World® 


GGW Episode 402: Seed Starting 101 (including segment using soil blocks)

GGW Episode 803: Epic Tomatoes with Craig LeHoullier

“Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time” by Craig LeHoullier

Craig LeHoullier’s blog

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Disclosure: Some product links in this guide are affiliate links, which means we would get a commission if you purchase. However, none of the prices of these resources have been increased to compensate us. None of the items included in this list have any bearing on any compensation being an influencing factor on their inclusion here. The selection of all items featured in this post and podcast were based solely on merit and in no way influenced by any affiliate or financial incentive, or contractual relationship. At the time of this writing, Joe Lamp’l has professional relationships with the following companies who may have products included in this post and podcast: Rain Bird, Corona Tools, Milorganite, Soil3, Exmark, Greenhouse Megastore, High Mowing Organic Seeds, and Wild Alaskan Seafood Box. These companies are either Brand Partners of and/or advertise on our website. However, we receive no additional compensation from the sales or promotion of their product through this guide. The inclusion of any products mentioned within this post is entirely independent and exclusive of any relationship.

About Joe Lamp'l

Joe Lamp’l is the creator and “joe” behind joe gardener®. His lifetime passion and devotion to all things horticulture has led him to a long-time career as one of the country’s most recognized and trusted personalities in organic gardening and sustainability. That is most evident in his role as host and creator of Emmy Award-winning Growing a Greener World®, a national green-living lifestyle series on PBS currently broadcasting in its tenth season. When he’s not working in his large, raised bed vegetable garden, he’s likely planting or digging something up, or spending time with his family on their organic farm just north of Atlanta, GA.

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