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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...
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...
Seed Starting Troubles

Seed Starting Troubles

Hands down seed starting is what generates the most questions, I had my own struggles when I was getting started so I understand the frustration and challenges. Below find the most common questions and issues I hear about. When to start the seeds? When to start is...

It’s All About Timing

Returning home from travel to my Cool Flowers garden is almost as good as reuniting with Stevie and Tuc.  The bupleurum plants pictured are just one of many cool-season hardy annuals that are patiently sitting and waiting for their time to shine in my spring garden....
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...

Planting Grandma’s Garden

The worker bees of Grandma’s Garden are busy bringing this garden to life. The cool-season peas and beets are on their way to bringing bounty and we have all kinds of warm-season plants hitting the ground running. Spring is turning out to be extra special on the farm...
Lisa Live! Getting the Farm Ready for Spring

Lisa Live! Getting the Farm Ready for Spring

This week on Lisa Live! having a look at the first beds made of the 2019 season and visiting the baby transplant room. Update on the Cool Flowers garden. Founder of The Gardener’s Workshop and Flower Farming School Online . Author of Vegetables Love Flowers, Cool...
Lisa Live! Catching Up on Spring!

Lisa Live! Catching Up on Spring!

Having a look around the farm including the hellebore bed and the seed starting room. Want to learn more about hellebore? Checkout my blog The Love of Hellebores  . Tabletop grow light I showed, have a look here. Sign up to be notified when Flower Farming School...

10 Easy Steps to Soil Blocking

Birthing baby plants. Small blocks with seeds just cracking open. Are you wondering about how to start seeds? This tutorial will walk you through the steps and if you want more instruction check out my Seed Starting Made Easy online course. 10 Easy Steps to Soil...
Have a Weed-Free Season

Have a Weed-Free Season

Don’t miss the ‘How-to use the stand-up garden hoe’ video below. Is it just a dream to have a weed-free growing season? It’s not if you plan on preventing weeds! We use two planting methods on the farm and each has its own plan of weed prevention....
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...

Lisa Live! Making Blocking Mix & More!

Making homemade soil blocking mix, answering questions, visiting the baby plant room, and looking under the covers! Items mentioned in video: Nutrient Mix, Ready Made Blocking Mix, all Soil Blocking & Seed Starting Equipment, and the Harvest Knife. Lisa...
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...

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...

Growing Cool Flowers in the North

How can gardeners in the more northern regions include hardy annuals(HA) in the garden? The thing about HA is it’s all about the timing of when to plant, providing excellent drainage and protecting the young plants from the cold winter wind.  Find or create...

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...

Crazy January Farming!

I always feel like I can’t count on January. I just never know what to expect and this year is proving to be no different. We have gone from 70 degrees the end of December straight to sleet, snow and ice in January. Its tough enough to know what to wear each...

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...

Cool Flowers are coming through!

While many of us (me) are wringing our hands over all the cold, snowy, icy weather—cool flowers are proving to be the cool customers that I’ve come to know and love. They survive winter in spite of my doubts—even after 18 years of witnessing their amazing...
In the presence of seedlings….

In the presence of seedlings….

We will kick off this year’s growing season soon. I have been planning and ordering seeds for weeks. A few seeds have been started already; those hardy annuals that will actually be planted out in the garden around March 1 give or take a day. But the big push for a...