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Although much of the world is now dealing with winter in full force, the beginning of the year brings hope for a warmer future. You might be surprised to learn that there are some seeds that can be sown indoors in January so you’re ready for spring when it arrives.

Getting an early start on certain plants is the best way to have a good crop when warmer weather arrives. If you plan on sowing these seeds early, however, don’t expect them to take off quickly. Weak seedlings are likely to occur because of the high temperatures inside and low light levels. You can reduce some of the issues by cleaning anything that will come in contact with the seedlings and using a heat-free seed compost.

Here are 10 seeds that can be planted.

1. Sweet peas – Use small pots in an unheated greenhouse up to 55 degrees. Expect germination in 2 weeks. Flowers from May till August

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2. Basil – Sow sparingly on the surface of trays or pots in temperature between 60-77°F. Germination can take up to 21 days and your harvest will last from May till October.

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3. Coleus – Sow sparingly on the surface of trays or pots in temperature between 65-75°F. Will show foliage starting in June

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4. Delphinium – Sow sparingly on the surface of trays or pots at a temperature between 59-70°F after refrigerating for 3 weeks. Germinates in 1-4 weeks and will flower from June through July.

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5. Geraniums – Sow sparingly on the surface of trays or pots at 75°F. Germination can occur quickly but may take up to 12 days. Flowers begin in June and may last until November.

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6. Chillies and aubergines – Sow a few seeds thinly in individual pots at a temperature of 70-80°F. Expect germination between 3-10 days. Can be harvested starting in July and lasting until October.

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7. Iceland poppies – Sow a few seeds thinly in individual pots at a temperature of 55°F. Will germinate in 2 or 3 weeks. Blooms start in July and may last until October.

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8. Dahlias – Sow up to 2 seeds in individual pots at a temperature of 70°F. Will germinate in 10 or 20 days. Blooms start in July and may last until October.

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9. Begonias – Sow sparingly on the surface of trays or pots in temperature between 66-77°F. May take up to 60 days to germinate. Ensure plenty of sunlight. Flowers will start in July and may last until November.

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10. Petunias – Sow sparingly on the surface of trays or pots in temperatures between 75-80°F. Need plenty of light. Germinate in 2 weeks. Flowers will start in July and may last until September.

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