starting a garden





4/12/2016
Even though it's still too cold in Northern Wisconsin to be working the soil, the garden is already getting its kickstart inside!
4/6/2016
Make your own potting soil, plus tips for starting seeds.
4/4/2016
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.
3/29/2016
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.
3/18/2016
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.
3/10/2016
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.
2/25/2016
The results are in: Starting even cool-weather crops inside is faster. See Seed-Starting, Part 1 for details on the set up.
2/9/2016
February is garden planning and indoor seed-starting time!
1/26/2016
A review of popular seed catalogs and recommendations for seeds to start a medium-sized homestead garden.
2/3/2015
Seed starting techniques and timing for an urban homestead in the Pacific Northwest.
1/26/2015
January is the time to start your indoor seeds for spring planting. Here is a calendar for starting your spring and summer seeds.
6/3/2014
The garden is 58 by 112 feet and it's planted!
4/7/2014
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.
3/18/2014
What to plant in April for your vegetable garden, and what sized pot you need for your vegetable plant.
3/18/2014
This blog post shares some of the simple techniques learned through many years of experience by someone who grows vegetable seedlings for a living.
3/18/2014
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!
3/12/2014
Dragging my feet to get spring started, afraid to fail and making the decision to jump in an succeed or fail already!
2/28/2014
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.
2/24/2014
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.
2/13/2014
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.
1/10/2014
Gardening is as easy as you want it to be!
3/29/2013
By starting seeds indoors, you get a jump start on spring garden planting.
3/5/2013
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.
12/19/2012
Use our popular When to Plant app to know when to plant each crop in your area.
2/15/2012
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.
1/18/2012
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.
10/4/2011
These resources will help you learn how to grow food and start a garden.
4/15/2011
Volunteers work to start the Sunset Hill Elementary School Garden in Lawrence, Kan.
3/24/2010
Consult these seed starting tips for easy advice on seed planting, using the best materials, watering, grow lights and more.




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