Tag Archive: starting seeds

Apr 21

Murphy’s Garden

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Call it Mother Nature, or call it Murphy’s Law, but the gardener is only a player on the growing stage. One thing we have learned is that no matter how long you wait for a seedling to sprout, as soon as you replant, the first one will come up. Followed very quickly by the more …

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Mar 01

About Starting Seeds Indoors

indoor seed starting

There are probably as many ways to start seeds indoors as there are gardeners. Mandolin suggested we share what we do, in case it might help someone else. It is pretty basic really. We have metal shelves that just fit over our kitchen propane fireplace. This provides a heat source at no additional cost to …

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Mar 22

Q#2 What’s Wrong With My Seedlings’ Bottom Leaves?

Those bottom leaves.

Often gardeners will notice that the first set of leaves, known as Seed Leaves or Cotydelons have turned yellow, dried up, or even fallen off. This is no cause for alarm. The job of these leaves is done, and as long as the rest of the plant remains healthy, there is nothing to worry about. …

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Feb 28


Now it is a winter squash.

Wouldn’t it be nice if, having forgotten to pick a zucchini, it just turned into a winter squash instead of just getting bigger and more seedy? We could probably just end this post here, because that is exactly what the heirloom Tatume does. It is a vining squash that can be picked green as a …

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Feb 18

5 Things to Know About Days to Maturity

See it? To the right.

Usually you will see a number range listed on a seed packet or in a catalog that is called Days to Maturity, or sometimes simply DTM. This refers to the amount of time you will need to give that seed time to mature and start producing. Well, sort of. Here’s how to understand what days …

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Feb 02

How to Start Seeds

See the condensation?

Gardeners take their seed starting quite seriously, and that’s fun to do. Really though starting seeds is simple enough.. You need seed starting mix, a container, water and of course seeds. Here is one method that is quite inexpensive. Simply cut bathroom tissue rolls in half, and place uncut side down in a container. You …

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