Seed Starting – Germination

Guest post by Beate Schwirtlich What Happens When A Seed Germinates? The whole purpose of starting seeds indoors is to cheat winter a little. Ironically, even as we cheat nature, we must imitate her. Light, soil, water, air, and a basic understanding of the process of germination are all you need. Once you know the

A Quick and Easy Germination Test

Guest post by Arzeena Hamir If the holidays have pretty much wiped you out, here is a simple activity that will not only save you money but will help organize your garden for the upcoming year. Like many gardeners, my stash of seeds has accumulated over the years to the extent that I often forget

Seed Starting – Damping Off

Guest post by Beate Schwirtlich Seed Rot or ‘Damping Off’… What is damping off? This gentle term describes the death of seedlings by fungal disease, either before or after they emerge from the pod. This sudden plant death can happen for up to four weeks after seeds are started. It actually describers a few different

Summer Seeds

It may be summer, but it’s not too late to sow some seeds. Here’s a list of perennials that can be started from seed in July and August. July Perennials Astilbe Bellis Perennis Campanula Gailardia Foxglove Gypsophila Holllyhock Linum Lunaria Lupin Myosotis Pansy Poppy Pyrethrum Primula Sweet William August Perennials Arabis Armeria Astilbe Bellis Perennis

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