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I will also be working on the 3rd installment of the Everything You Need to Know About Seeds series so keep a watch out for this new post in the coming days. I will be back to my regular posting schedule soon. There are so many new things going on right now.
How to Start Seeds
Some basic items that you will need to start your garden from seed are containers such as purchased pots, seed flat trays, peat pots, egg cartons or yogurt cups (eat the yogurt first of course). You can use just about anything that has good drainage and can hold soil as a container for starting your seeds. You should also use a good quality, soil-less mix, whether you mix this yourself or purchase it from the home goods store is up to you. You should also invest in some good quality labels (I use Popsicle sticks from a craft store) because without a label, you will easily forget what was planted. Trust me. I would also recommend some clear plastic bags or plastic covers to help hold in moisture and heat until the plants pop up through the soil. The obvious additional items needed would be water and a light source (the sun is great if you have a bright window or grow lights if you don’t). Finally, you will need some seeds. Read More…
In this 3 part series, I will be covering everything you need to know about seeds. From where to get seeds, how to start seeds, some equipment that you need and how to care for your new seeds and seedlings. I’m not an expert on seeds and have only saved a few of my more favorite varieties or producers for future plantings.
This series will offer a new short article with links to other sites or videos to help you on your way over the next 4 weeks. There will be one new article each week so come back to read the entire series.
Where to get seeds – Part 1
If you are new to gardening or an experienced gardener, saving your seeds each season can be a rewarding experience. There are hundreds of seed swap sites and seed catalogs available online or in print, you just have to find them. I have collected a number of subscriptions (free) from many of the major seed catalogs as well as a few obscure ones that may be hard to find online or they simply offer such a specific niche of seeds, many people just gloss over them in the search engines. Keep in mind that there is no “right” way to garden so be open to new ways or methods offered to you. Read More…