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    Seed Shopping Tips

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    Starting plants from seed can be challenging and satisfying. You will save money—starting your own seed is much less expensive than buying transplants—and you can choose from a greater number of varieties than you will ever find in a garden center. But growing from seed requires time, space, and attention. If you only need a […] More

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    Late Summer Seed Sowing Tip


    Seeds sown in warm soil and hot late summer weather can have a difficult time germinating. Moistening the seed bed and protecting seed from hot weather can ensure germination. Here are some simple steps to increase seed sowing success: (1) moisten the seed bed with a sprinkle of water; (2) sow seed; (3) cover the […] More

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    Make a Seed Calendar

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    Establishing a seed planting calendar is one of the oldest and wisest gardening maxims. The success of many vegetable and flower sowings is getting the seed started at the right time of the year for germination, growing, and harvesting. Mark on your garden calendar when seeds should be sown and when you actually sow them. […] More

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    Seed Starting Schedule for Next Season

    Seed Starting Basics

    Seed catalogs arrive and garden planning for next spring and summer can begin in late autumn and winter. Choosing Seed. Choose seed from seed companies that are long on information; look for seed packets or seed catalogs that tell you what it takes to start seeds and grow plants: germination temperature and days to germination, […] More

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    Thinning Vegetable Seedlings

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    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. Here’s how to thin vegetable seedlings: Thin seedlings in the cool of the day or an hour or so after they have been watered; the seedlings will be plump […] More

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    Vegetable Seeds per Ounce / per Gram

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    Vegetable seeds for home gardens are often sold by weight–by the ounce or by the gram or by fractions of ounces and grams. Some seed sellers sell by the piece–1 seed per penny, for example. But seeds sold in packets–especially those sold in stores–commonly list the weight, but not the number of seeds. When buying seed by weight, […] More

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    Vegetable Seed and Seedling Problems


    Successful seed and seedlings growth depend on moisture, warmth, air, and light. Seeds and seedlings, as well, require optimal temperatures, even watering, open air circulation, and bright light to thrive. When vegetable seeds fail to sprout or when seedlings wither and die what could the problem be? Often the answer is simple. Seeds Fail to […] More

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    Pre-Sprouting Vegetable Seeds


    Pre-sprouting vegetable seed will help you avoid over-sowing in the greenhouse or garden. Pre-sprouting also answers the question: Is this seed still viable? To pre-sprout seeds place the seeds on a damp paper towel. Make sure that the seeds are well spaced and not touching one another. Fold the towel in half. Alternatively, place the […] More

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    Seed Failure Troubleshooting

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    When a seed fails to sprout there is usually a simple and easily correctable reason. Here are the most common reasons seeds do not sprout along with troubleshooting solutions. Soil is too dry. Small seeds sown very near the surface often fail from lack of moisture. They may have enough moisture to germinate, but then […] More

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    Simple Seed Starting

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    Getting seeds started indoors can be as simple as re-purposing pressed-paper egg cartons. Egg carton cups are just the right size for starting seeds and growing seedlings on to size. Half egg shells and newspaper cones set in egg carton compartments will work just as well. Poke a hole in the bottom of each egg […] More