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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Winter is the best time of year to lay down on that comfy couch and and start dreaming about your spring garden.

    If you like to watch things grow from seeds, Lifestyle Expert Chris Olsen is here to help.

    The Do's and the Don'ts when Growing Seeds

    Winter is the best time of year to lay down on that comfy couch and and start dreaming about your spring garden. If you like to watch things grow from seed, then there are several things to look for on a seed packet.

    1. Days to Germination.
    2. Days to Maturity.
    3. Packed for, or sell by, Date:
    4. How to Plant.
    5. How to Harvest. Time frame and how to know when to pick.
    6. Diseases and Pests.
    7. A Picture.
    8. The Botanical Name.

    Seed Starting Pitfalls

    1. Planting too Deep: Read the directions and make sure to plant according to the right depth.
    2. Starting to Early: We are all anxious to getting started in the garden, but if you start your seeds to early then it may be to early to plant outdoors.
    3. Skimping on Light: To mimic spring sunlight, place grow lights 1 to 2 inches above your seedlings, taking care not to burn the leaves. After germination, supply 14 hours of light daily. 

     

    With the cold weather and bleak landscape right now, Spring seems like a world away.

    But instead of waiting for the next season to roll around, you can add life and color to your indoors with houseplants that will put you in a Spring state of mind.

    Spring Indoors

    Add life and color to your indoors with houseplants bursting with flowers and crisp fresh foliage. There are so many varieties of flowers out there that you can grow indoors. Turn winter to spring with easy to grow plants. Here are some of my favorite ones: hyacinths, paper-whites, hydrangeas, bromeliads, orchids, Reiger Begonias, kalanchoes, and my favorite the German Primrose. Place in an assortment of different containers and add a few garden accessories and you have one awesome indoor spring display.

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