It’s a common misconception in the home gardening arena that asparagus is a crop that should never be started from seed. I am not sure when this became the standard dogma, but it is far from the actual truth. Asparagus is a crop that thrives when started from seed and those plants that are derived from home-grown stock tend to be larger and more robust than store-bought crowns. Growing asparagus from seed is a rewarding experience that is easier than you think.
After you grow your own organic greens, it’s hard to go back to grocery store crap. The good news is that greens are easy to grow in a multitude of environments. If you are short on space, try building a salad tray and grow your own greens on a patios or balcony. If you have a small patch of ground, do what I did and install a raised bed.
Even though it's still too cold in Northern Wisconsin to be working the soil, the garden is already getting its kickstart inside!
Make your own potting soil, plus tips for starting seeds.
Each year at the start of planting season, I come to my senses and order only a few packets of things that I know will actually grow in my garden. This begins my annual process of starting a complete garden from little dry specks called seeds. Although seed catalogs can be pretty exciting and I want to grow everything I see, I need to be practical. Here are my personal priorities for buying and starting vegetable seedlings.
I start a lot of seedlings each spring – far more than I can fit in my garden. We don’t have much room – this is our home, after all, not a nursery. Yet, with a sunny south facing window, some inexpensive heat mats, a garage with suspended shop lights and sunny driveway, I start hundreds (in some years, thousands) of seedlings successfully. Here are what I consider to be a list of the most important details to pay close attention to.
Looking to do some early seed starting to get a jump on the gardening season? Late-winter seed starting is possible if you follow these easy techniques.
Cymophyllus fraserianus is the perfect Hosta replacement for any native plant garden or any shade garden, especially if you have a deer problem as this is one plant that isn't on Bambi's menu or wish list.
The results are in: Starting even cool-weather crops inside is faster. See Seed-Starting, Part 1 for details on the set up.
Echinacea is known for its medicinal properties and as a nectar source for beneficial insects. Here’s some instruction on how to start Echinacea from seed and increase germination success through cold stratification.
February is garden planning and indoor seed-starting time!
Several experiments in seed starting: inside, in the greenhouse and in the ground.
Yes, you can grow your own artichokes! If you have a growing season of 90 warm days.
A review of popular seed catalogs and recommendations for seeds to start a medium-sized homestead garden.
Just as people are more comfortable and productive at certain temperatures, so are your seeds. Consider the soil temperature before you plant.
You can make your own seed-starting flats from scrap wood you already have or from pallets.
Seed starting techniques and timing for an urban homestead in the Pacific Northwest.
January is the time to start your indoor seeds for spring planting. Here is a calendar for starting your spring and summer seeds.
Every year gardens suffer from the "blight effect" on tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplants. If left alone, the disease can prevent plants from flowering and maturing altogether. Here are 5 easy steps I encourage everyone to take before next year's garden even begins to sprout.
Sowing tiny seeds for fall crops is easy with discarded plastic seedling trays and strips of fabric for lifting soil cubes.
The garden is 58 by 112 feet and it's planted!
Jump start your tomato harvest two months before everyone else with these simple instructions!
Learning how to make a soil block is a simple skill capable of permitting one to become involved within their local CSA or farm. It can also be a great way to meet local farmers, reduce CSA membership fees, and learn about organic gardening. Before each seed is sowed it must have a soil block to grow in. Being part of that initial step brings great joy.
This blog post takes a look at some of the methods we have developed over the last 25 years growing vegetable seedlings in our certified organic greenhouses. This time we take a look at the conditions required for healthy seedling growth.
What to plant in April for your vegetable garden, and what sized pot you need for your vegetable plant.
This blog post shares some of the simple techniques learned through many years of experience by someone who grows vegetable seedlings for a living.
Starting seeds with children indoors is a project that extends into outdoor planting of the seedlings in spring and harvesting produce in the summer. It allows you to share success and satisfaction with children and makes it more likely they'll eat their vegetables!
Dragging my feet to get spring started, afraid to fail and making the decision to jump in an succeed or fail already!
Growing peach pits doesn't get much easier than this.
Growing lettuce and other leafy greens indoors with an aeroponic system in a south-facing window seems like a wise move, especially during this long, snowy winter. Here I will explain the basics of growing greens with an aeroponic system, starting off with the initial expenses and moving on to pH and nutrient solution. Then I’ll hope the sun provides enough life-giving rays long enough each day to grow some leafy greens.
Overview of the activities of a garden in March. How to prepare the soil for spring. What varieties I am planting this March in our Zone 6 garden.
What seeds to plant by month in a Zone 6, or Midwest, garden, plus seed-sowing times for spring and summer crops.
When lettuce is mentioned, many think of the standard iceberg lettuce found in supermarkets and restaurant salads. That is changing with the growth in popularity of the different types of lettuces from Romaine to head and leaf-type lettuces, mainly due to the flavors and colors that they offer from deep red to almost white and noticeably sweet to tangy and slightly bitter.
Gardening is as easy as you want it to be!
Tips for starting seeds indoors and a calendar for when to start your seeds indoors for a Zone 6 garden.
Homemade transplant pots from newspaper save money and reduce waste.
How to measure tomato seedlings for success before planting into your garden.
By starting seeds indoors, you get a jump start on spring garden planting.
Summer comes on fast in the Southeast. Expert gardeners Ira Wallace and Pam Dawling share some tips to keep ahead of the heat and a recipe for Roselle Dessert Bars to help you appreciate the heat when it comes.
Tips on how, when and why to grow your own seedlings.
Have you started your tomatoes and peppers yet? 'Tis the season to start seeding long season crops indoors. If you normally buy organic starts from your local nursery, try your hand at seed starting.
Kids get to have fun, learn about gardneing and start veggie seeds at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Wash.
Check out our time-lapse video of peppers growing from seed to sprout.
Make a shelf or table into a growing space for starting seedlings.
Using newspaper, learn how to craft easy, biodegradable pots to start seeds.
Try a simple seed viability test to see if your old seeds are worth planting.
It's mid-February, time to start thinking about spring! Ira Wallace helps us make our garden plan, remember our perennials, and Plant a Row for the Hungry this year.
One way to get a jumpstart on the growing season is to start growing your seeds indoors. For most of you it’s still cold outside. That doesn’t mean that you can’t get a headstart on getting your garden started for the new year.
One of the easiest ways to make your own newspaper pots.
Consult these seed starting tips for easy advice on seed planting, using the best materials, watering, grow lights and more.
The staff at MOTHER EARTH NEWS plants tomatoes and peppers during a seed-planting project at the office.
You can get more for your gardening money with a group seed starting effort.