seed starting

What Should I Do?

four-shelf indoor growing station

DIY Indoor Seed Starting Station

An inexpensive setup for maximum seed starts
Saturday, February 16, 2013, 10:01 PM

Starting seeds indoors is an excellent way to get a jump start on the gardening season so you can save money on the various foods you plant.  Starting seedlings is a highly rewarding and enjoyable endeavor.  We have been using the following growing system for many years now, and year after year it continuously produces reliable and excellent results.  The components for this system are readily available at most hardware stores and can be sized to your specific needs and growing space. 

The three main considerations when starting seeds indoors are: » Read more

What Should I Do?

Redwood Seedling Box

Building and Using Seedling Flats

Sustainable seed starting boxes for your garden and harvest
Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 3:03 PM

With Spring just around the corner, it is time to start getting prepared for planting your resilient garden.  December and January have been spent looking through seed catalogs and placing orders for the new crops you want to try.  Maybe you acquired some fun new varieties from a seed exchange or neighbor.  Visions of a great garden harvest are clear in your mind.  But how do you help to ensure that your seeds will become vibrant plants?  In this article we will build a traditional seedling flat/box that allows for easy starting of seedlings and creates a sustainable, long-lasting container that can meet many of your garden needs.  

Advantages of using wooden seedling boxes:

  • Soil temperature is maintained better than plastic pots
  • Durable and will last for many seasons with proper care
  • Multiple varieties of plants can be planted in a single box
  • Very efficient use of space in the beginning of the season (Start a lot of plants in a very small space; less area to water, heat, and light)
  • Once the seed starting season is over, can be used for carrying in the harvest or displaying at local sellers' market
Daily Prep

How to Make a Soil Blocker

Build your own blocker for seed starting fall crops
Monday, July 16, 2012, 3:49 PM

Here is a really nice design and tutorial for building a soil blocker to economically and efficiently create seed starting cells/plugs.