Category Archives: Seed Starting

A Rainy Planting Season

Without these little pop-up greenhouses I’d be a mess. I brought my plants out the basement 11 days ago to harden them off before planting. Since then it’s rained almost every day. Two of those days we had severe weather … Continue reading

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Eager Seeds

The germination rate of the flower seeds I’ve planted so far has been spectacular. Sometimes almost too spectacular. In some cases I’ve had to yank out dozens of extra seedlings to get rid of the competition for light and water. … Continue reading

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Gardening Season Has Officially Begun!

Despite the fickle weather in May, I managed to get my homegrown annuals in the ground at the normal time. The near-freeze we had a week earlier almost gave me a heart attack, and it caused me to rush the … Continue reading

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Seed-starting Update: 4-7-16

Starting your own flowers from seed indoors is pretty simple, but every year it’s a different adventure. Germination rates fluctuate, and some years there will be plant varieties that are perky and fast-growing and other years they may take for-ev-er … Continue reading

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Seed-starting Success!

On Monday I sowed my third batch of flower seeds in my little makeshift basement greenhouse. I started my ‘Kong Rose’ coleus plants which will eventually showcase these beautiful leaves: And after taking a break from them for several years, … Continue reading

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Snowtivation

Ironically it was the first big snowstorm of the year that finally got me in the mood to order seeds for next summer’s garden. Usually by this time of year I’m sick of winter and can think of nothing but … Continue reading

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If the Weather Cooperates

It looks like it’s going to be one of THOSE years. For the last 10 years I’ve been blessed with great May weather for hardening off my plants. I think that streak is about to end. The forecast is looking … Continue reading

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The March to the Garden

Last week I sowed my last batch of seeds for the season. Now I just have to nurture all my seedlings for a couple of weeks until the weather warms up. Some of the plants are already rarin’-to-go like this … Continue reading

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Too Many Ladies

When I was sowing salvia seeds a few weeks ago I thought I had made a mistake and planted the wrong seeds in the wrong packs. To fix the situation, I sowed a new batch of the seeds for the … Continue reading

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The Halfway Point

I’m always elated (relieved?) when I reach the halfway point of seed-starting. The process gets much easier because the seeds I’m sowing get bigger, and I don’t need to be so cautious. For example, this is a nicotiana (flowering tobacco) … Continue reading

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