I get quite a few new gardeners ask me, “When should I start seeds?” It really depends on where you are and what you are planning to grow. Thankfully, most seed companies will label the packets with basic growing information, but seed starting charts can help keep your gardening a little more organized. In this article, I'll share charts that show when to plant vegetables inside and out, fall and spring, plus organization strategies and tips for happier transplants.
Want to learn how to start a garden, but not sure where to begin? In this post I’ll cover the basic steps of gardening, and provide links to more detailed information so you can garden with confidence and have fun doing it. Get ready to enjoy some of the best tasting fruits, vegetables and herbs you've even eaten.
Planting and growing peas may not be the most efficient use of space in your garden, but the flavor of home grown garden peas knocks the socks off most commercial peas. If you want more yield per square foot, grow snap peas so you can eat the pod and the peas inside. Pea plants are also great to include in your garden rotation because they can help add nitrogen to the soil. In this post we'll cover pea growing from planting to harvest, including garden pea companion plants, pea trellis and troubleshooting tips. [Read more…] about Growing Peas – From Planting to Harvest, What You Need to Know
A gardening journal is a great way to track failure and success in the garden. Some folks like to keep a formal bound journal, but I find it handy to organize my notes in a big three ring binder. I carry over some information from year to year, like my seed sowing schedule, plant spacing and seed longevity charts. Other information I fill out annually, like my seed purchase log and planting and germination records. During the season I can take notes about the plants and growing conditions, and add pages to the binder as needed.
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Starting seeds indoors is a must for northern gardeners who want to grow warm weather crops like tomatoes, but it can be a boon to any garden. Many plants do better when placed in the garden as transplants. See “When Should I Start Seeds? Printable Seed Starting Calendar” for a list of which plants to start inside and which to direct seed in the garden.
Sure, you can pick up transplants at your local garden center or big box parking lot, but starting seeds at home gives you access to many more varieties. It’s also fun! More on why I start seeds later in the post, but first, let’s get planting! [Read more…] about Starting Seeds Indoors – 11 Steps to Help You Plant Seeds with Confidence