Tag Archives: Seed Starting

  • What Should I Do?
    four-shelf indoor growing station

    DIY Indoor Seed Starting Station

    An inexpensive setup for maximum seed starts
    by threemealsfarm

    Sunday, February 17, 2013, 2:01 AM

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    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:

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  • What Should I Do?
    Redwood Seedling Box

    Building and Using Seedling Flats

    Sustainable seed starting boxes for your garden and harvest
    by threemealsfarm

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 7:03 PM

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    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

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    Making Potting Mix

    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Monday, April 16, 2012, 5:17 PM

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    With spring upon us and the warming of the earth, many readers are getting the urge and itch to get outside and start planting a garden. Whether your garden is large enough to feed a community or just big enough to supplement your everyday fresh greens addiction, at some point you will need a supply of potting soil. From container herb gardens to the square-foot garden method, potting soil will need to be on hand. High-quality potting soil is an essential component to a successful garden season because it provides the foundational medium in which your plants will start and continue to grow in. In this article I discuss the process and recipe that I have used for many years for making great potting soil.  I hope to provide you with ideas on how to make the best mix for your garden and ways to save money in the future. 

    The Recipe

    The following is an excellent general seed starting mix and transplant mix.  For plants that might require a lighter mix, use a 2-1-1 ratio of the following ingredients.

    Mix the following ingredients together in a sealable bag or container to maintain moisture if potting mix is to be stored for any length of time.

    • 3 parts Peat Moss
    • 1 part Compost (can be a combo of compost and worm castings if you have a worm bin available)
    • 1 part Perlite

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