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    Seed Viability

    Seed packets1

    Is the seed you have on hand still viable–will it germinate? A seed contains an embryo–a partly developed root and stem, a supply of stored food, and a protective coating. Seeds sprout through a process called germination. Germination–depending upon the type of seed–requires just the right conditions for growth–usually an abundant supply of water, an […] More

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    Seed-Starting Vegetables in January

    Seed starting supplies

    If you haven’t started already there’s no time like the first month of the year to jump-start spring. In the coldest regions, the first weeks of January are the time to begin planning the spring and summer garden. As soon as your plans are set, get seeds ordered. In low frost and frost-free regions of […] More

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    Seed-Starting in Three Steps

    Sowing seeds

    You can start vegetables, herbs, and flowers–both annuals and perennials–from seed. Starting plants from seed is less expensive than purchasing plants from a garden center. Seed starting will require some time and effort but can be very rewarding. Many more varieties of vegetables and flowers are available in seed than are offered at garden centers […] More

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    Seed Starting Basics

    Seed Starting Basics1

    When it comes to starting seed for the garden, do not start too early and do not start too late. Seed started indoors should be ready for transplanting into the garden when the soil and weather are ready to take the seedlings into their proper growing season. That means the time to start seeds can […] More