How to Start Seeds Indoors – Six Short Tips
Written by Ryan Schmitt
I love seeds! I love growing things from seed. I love the idea of turning something that looks like a scrap of dirt into something beautiful and productive. That being said, I tend to jabber on about it at length. Getting a short answer out of me is often tough when I’m talking about anything related to plants.
Well, sometimes people want short answers, beginners and experts alike. They help make topics look as easy as they really are. So, as it IS time to start seeds indoors, it IS time for the short, easy list of how to do it.
There are 6 things that will make seed starting easy (especially for beginners):
The Importance of Sustainable Gardening
Written by George Vidal
Organic fertilizers have been around for thousands of years. They have been added to the soil in order to improve the quantity and quality of plants being grown. It was long ago discovered that when a plot of land was being used for the cultivation of plants, the first yields were typically the best, with subsequent yields decreasing in both quality and quantity. It was discovered that by adding certain substances to the soil, such as animal manure, ashes, vegetable waste, seashells and clay, a growing plot's output could be not only maintained but enhanced. Plants thrive when fed certain nutrients, namely nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
While these are available in various organic fertilizers, most fertilizers used today are man-made with chemically saturated additives that produce a host of harmful byproducts. Ammonium nitrate is used as an explosive. Adding this substance to a garden will kill the naturally growing microbes, insects, fungi and bacteria that are essential to healthy soil and plant growth. Chemical fertilizers leech into the water supply, which is then consumed by animals, causing further harm to the environment.
Growing food organically, without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, produces a more resilient, healthier crop, allowing a person to feel better eating and sharing it with others. Using water that has been collected from rainfall rather than depending on water from a local utility or a private well (which requires the use of electricity) contributes to sustainable gardening. Using renewable and biodegradable growing medium, such as coconut peat, helps in many ways. Coconut peat is a renewable resource that helps against pests, weeds and diseases, reduces watering frequency and promotes strong root growth.
Coco peat is an easy and inexpensive way to contribute to sustainable gardening and a better environment. Use coco peat as an additive in your potting soil and see the difference in your garden. For more information on coco peat, please visit CocoEnviro.com.
Growing Tomatoes from Seed
Written by Renee Shepherd
At Renee's Garden, I offer only the varieties that are very special for home gardeners, based on great flavor, easy culture and exceptional garden performance. This seed line is my personal selection of new, exciting and unusual seed choices of time-tested heirlooms, the best international hybrids and fine open-pollinated varieties. I harvest and use the vegetables and herbs in my kitchen to choose the most delicious, and cut the flowers for bouquets to select the finest colors, forms and fragrances. Our varieties are tested and guaranteed for every major US climate zone.
Nifty-50 Plants for Water-Smart Landscapes for California
Written by Water Conservation Garden
The Nifty-50 plants thrive in California’s semiarid climate. Become environmentally aware of what makes our region distinctly beautiful! The Nifty-50 plants are labeled and on display at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College. The five-acre public garden is an excellent place to get ideas for a new or retrofitted landscape that looks beautiful and saves water, time, and money.
The Garden is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Call for summer hours.) Tours are off ered each Saturday morning and by appointment. There are classes, workshops, and gardening festivals for the entire family. Go to www.thegarden.org or call 619-660-0614 x10 for further information.
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