• Seed Starting Guide

    Seed Starting Basics1

    Starting plants from seed is easy. You can start vegetables, herbs, and flowers from seed. Seed starting requires a bit of time and space. The effort will be rewarding. Many more varieties of vegetables and flowers–both annuals and perennials– are available in seed than are young seedlings or starts offered at garden centers or nurseries. […] More

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  • Seed Starting Mix Buyer’s Guide

    Seed starting mix in seed tray

    Seed starting mixes are lightweight soil substitutes used for germinating seeds. Seed starting mixes commonly contain no soil, they are moisture retentive, and they are usually sterile having been exposed to high temperature to kill off bacteria. Seed starting mixes are sometimes called soilless mixes. Having the right seed starting mix can be crucial for […] More

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  • Vegetable Seed Buyer’s Guide

    Vegetable seeds

    Vegetable gardening is a rewarding and enjoyable hobby that allows you to grow your own fresh produce right at home. This guide will help you choose the right seeds for your garden and ensure a successful harvest. One of the first steps in starting your vegetable garden is selecting the right seeds to sow. With […] More

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  • Seedling Heat Mat Buyer’s Guide

    Heat mat

    Seedling heat mats provide consistent, gentle bottom heat essential to good seed germination. Heat mats are also known as seed heat mats or propagation heat mats. Heat mats are basically two rubber mats with electric heating wires sandwiched between them. Commonly the wires of a seedling heat mat attach to a thermostat that is in […] More

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  • Seed Starting Tray Buyer’s Guide

    Seed tray

    Seed trays are essential for starting seeds and cuttings. Seed trays are commoly lightweight plastic, biodegrable paper, or compressed peat trays divided into separate cells, like a muffin tin, for growing individual seedlings. Seed tray cells are usually 2 to 3 inches deep and up to 3 inches square or round. Some seed tray cells […] More

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  • Vegetable Seed Starting Indoors and Out

    Beans started from seed in the garden

    There are three ways to get your vegetable garden growing: Starting seed indoors will give you the following: Good Products for Seed Starting Success at Amazon: Crops best started from seed in the garden Some crops are not easily transplanted into the garden. These crops simply want to be handled as little as possible; they […] More

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  • Spring Outdoor Seed-Sowing Schedule

    Seed sowing in drills1

    Vegetable seeds can be sown outdoors directly in the garden as soon as the soil is workable in spring. Here’s a test for workable soil: squeeze a handful of soil in the palm of your hand; when you open your hand if the soil remains a cold, wet clump, it is not workable. You should […] More

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  • 15 Vegetables to Seed Start Indoors

    Seedlings started indoors

    Starting vegetable seeds indoors will give you a head start on the growing season–extend your growing season–and make your garden more productive. Starting seeds indoors eliminates one of the biggest unpredictables of vegetable gardening–poor outdoor germination conditions. Light, temperature, water, nutrients, and spacing are planned and regulated indoors; seeds find it much easier to grow […] More

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  • Vegetable Seed Germination

    Seedling emerging from soil

    Seeds sprout through a process called germination. Different vegetables have different germination requirements. It’s important to know the germination requirements of the seeds you are planting to ensure success. Germination–depending upon the type of seed–requires just the right conditions for growth–usually an abundant supply of water, an adequate supply of oxygen, and the proper temperature. […] More

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  • How to Thin Vegetable Seedlings

    Radish seedlings

    Thin vegetable seedlings to ensure the full, healthy growth of remaining plants. Crowded seedlings can become stunted and have an increased susceptibility to diseases and pests. When to thin vegetable seedlings Begin thinning as soon as seedlings are large enough to handle. Snip or nip away seedling tops at ground level. The roots you leave […] More

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  • Seed and Seedling Failure Troubleshooting

    Seedling emerging

    Successful seed and seedlings’ growth depends on moisture, warmth, air, and light. Seeds and seedlings require optimal temperatures, even watering, open-air circulation, and bright light to thrive. When a seed fails to sprout or a seedling fails to thrive there is usually a simple and easily correctable reason. Here are the most common reasons seeds […] More

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  • Peat Pellet Buyer’s Guide

    Peat pellets in starting tray

    Peat pellets are used for seed starting. Peat pellets are compressed disks of dehydrated peat moss and other organic materials. They are used to germinate seeds indoors before transplanting seedlings into the garden. A peat pellet is a self-contained pot and planting medium all in one. When it comes to gardening and horticulture, peat pellets […] More

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