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TAG : Seed Starting

New Winter Heirloom Offerings for Your Garden

Photo by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds‘Purple of Sicily’ CauliflowerAn early spring vegetable, cauliflower has risen in popularity as a low-carb substitute in a variety of dishes. If you want to grow your own, you’ll be happy to know that this Italian heirloom is one of your best bets: ...

Seed Catalogues – Using Them to Their Best Advantage

We are in the depths of winter, and it’s snowing outside. As large, fat flakes fall on the ground, one of my favorite ways to pass the time is to snuggle up with a stack of seed catalogues. With pen in hand, there are hundreds of temptations to be had, many more than my budget or garden can ...

Best Grow Lights for Seed Starting

Suitable supplemental lighting is better for starting seeds than the light coming through most windows. A setup of lights will allow you to grow a much wider range of vegetable cultivars, which will make your garden even more interesting. Until recently, most seed starters used inexpensive ...

Tips on How to Use Seed Tape

I recently wrote a step-by-step guide on How to Make Seed Tape – a task that can be done in the depths of winter, saving you much needed time when the gardening season really takes off and you have a mountain of chores to do.When you are ready to sow, it’s a simple process – in a ...

How to Make Seed Tape – Step-by-Step

I first learned how to make seed tape several years ago when I was looking for a better way to sow carrot seed. Sprinkling those seeds onto the soil evenly was practically impossible. More often than not, I would end up with dozens of seedlings coming up in one spot, followed by several inches ...

Winter Sowing: Easy Seed Starting for Beginner Gardeners

When I first started gardening, there was one huge obstacle that stood in my way when it came to growing the garden of my dreams - seed starting. Though starting seeds can be done in a variety of ways, I quickly realized that not all plants can be direct sown. Without an indoor growlight ...

Growing from Seed: What the Packets Don’t Tell You

When I first started growing from seed I relied heavily on the advice given by seed packets. Some packets are better than others, but the vast majority give you only the most basic information, namely when and how deeply/far apart to sow.Sometimes, it really is that easy – plop the seed into ...

A Few Seed Starting Tips You May Not Have Thought Of

The first time I started plants from seed, I actually had quite a bit of success. There were a few friends who stopped by my home that first year to take some transplants off of my hands that I had started, and they often expressed their sadness of how all of their plants had come up leggy. I ...

“A master’s degree in horticulture means you can grow everything!” Or not…

Well, it’s mid-March and Spring Break on the coast. I started my seeds for my spring garden at the end of January and I have nice healthy plants ready to transplant. The bed of red mustard is ready for harvesting, as well as the lettuce and spinach. We got hit with a hot spell followed by a ...

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