My 4 x 8-ft. raised bed.
I love a neat garden that is intensively planted and incredibly productive. But I hate to plant microscopic seed, then go through the tedious process of thinning out the extras. Typically I waste a lot of seed when planting salad greens and carrots. And my back aches from thinning over-seeded beds. So, last year I was [...]
I can’t help but cringe when I browse the perennial section of seed catalogs and see finicky flowers like Himalayan blue poppy without any comments about the challenges of starting them from seed or how many years it will take the plants to bloom. Some perennials are notoriously finicky to grow from seed; others are as easy to grow a [...]
If you haven’t tried starting your own plants from seed, make this be the year you give it a try. Sweet peas are among the easiest.
Sweet peas are easy to grow. The variety above, Painted Lady, is from Renee’s Seeds.
The following annual flowers are especially easy to start from seed:
If you’re going to be starting seeds indoors this springunder lights, on a windowsill or in a greenhouseyou don’t want to be using regular potting soil. It’s too heavy and dense for the delicate, hair-like roots of a newly-germinated seed.
The best soil mix for seed starting is not really soil at all. It’s a growing mediu [...]
Kate Spain’s Jarrahdale pumpkin, one of two she harvested this year
There’s something special about planting a seed that’s shared from one gardener to another. Humble and brown, a single seed can mature into a beautiful flower or a gigantic vegetable.
Kate and Pete Spain grew the pumpkin, above, from seed they got from a fel [...]
I’m finally getting around to tidying up some of my flower gardens, and one of the benefits of my tardiness is that there are plenty of seedpods filled with ripe seeds. In a matter of minutes I collected hundreds of seeds for replanting. Saving seeds is one of gardening’s best-kept secrets. When else in life can you get something [...]
When starting plants from seed, it’s a good idea to experiment with different sorts of pots and trays.
I like the fact that gardening is a leisure-time activity that doesn’t require buying a lot of stuff. Of course my basement, barn and garden shed tell quite a different story, but most of it isn’t anything I really NEED to be a [...]
Grow dozens of plants in just over two square feet of floor space with the new 2-Tier 2-ft. Light Garden.
As much as I appreciate living in a region with four distinct seasons, winter’s gray skies and the frozen tundra outside my back door can start to wear me down. The seed catalogs, with their glossy photos of colorful flowers and veg [...]