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Seedling Care

Seedling Care

Seed starting with soil blocking from beginning to end  We use the soil blocking method of seed starting. My experience has been that once equipped with a soil blocker tool, all you add each year are seeds and blocking mix. What drew my initial interest was that 40...

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When Do I Start that Seed?

When Do I Start that Seed?

The conversation that sparked this post:  C: How do I know if it is too late to start the seeds I have?  Me: Are they warm-season tender annuals or cool-season hardy annuals? C: It's a mix, I think. I think I’m making this harder than it has to be. I’m a little...

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Store Seeds Longer

Store Seeds Longer

Seeds Are Amazing Dr. Carol Baskin of the University of Kentucky tells her students that “a seed is a baby plant, in a box with its lunch”. Seeds have everything they need to get started, just waiting for the right amount of moisture, light, and warmth to break their...

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How to Grow from Seed

How to Grow from Seed

Folks are often surprised to learn that when I started farming 22 years ago, I truly started out at ground zero in the gardening and farming knowledge department. My greatest struggle? Seed starting. I failed at it horribly, over and over. After spending a couple of...

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Low-budget Plants

Low-budget Plants

Aren’t we all looking for a deal? Well, there is no better deal than starting plants from seed. These past years farming have opened my eyes about seed starting and just how easy it can be. Why bother? Put aside all the bucks you can save --it’s the endless choices of...

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Top 5 Seed-Starting Mistakes!

Top 5 Seed-Starting Mistakes!

Avoid these common seed-starting mistakes: In my travels of teaching the how-to’s and no-no’s of seed starting, I find the following to be the most common issues folks are facing. Don't miss my P.S.! Starting indoors too early:   Seeds should be started just a few...

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Tabletop Seed Starting

I have been soil blocking since the beginning of my flower farming career in 1998. When I learned of seed starting with soil blocking it solved a couple of challenges for me. I didn’t, and still don't have a greenhouse. My urban farm's city location doesn't offer much...

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Seed Starting Troubles

In my travels of teaching others the how-to’s and no-no’s of seed starting, I find these to be the most common issues folks are dealing with. Avoid these common seed-starting mistakes: Starting too early: For most of us it is too early to start warm-season tender...

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Seed Starting: The Pain and the Triumph

Most gardeners confess that they've always wanted to start seeds. Some are too scared to even give it a try. Many attempt it with high hopes and miserable results. Sound familiar?  If you are a wanna-be seed starter and have failed, you should know you are not alone....

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