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5 Common Seed-Starting Mistakes to Avoid in Your Garden. Starting your own seed is a frugal and fun way to get a great garden.

5 Common Seed-Starting Mistakes to Avoid in Your Garden

There are a few common mistakes, though, that can take all the fun out of seed starting. Mistake #1: Planting the Seeds Too Deeply Seeds that are started too deeply may never germinate at all, and, if they do, they will have taken longer to do so than seeds planted at the proper depth. Luckily this is an easy mistake to correct. All seed packets tell you exactly how deeply to plant for best germination. Some of us are not great at estimating whether we sowed at 1/4 inch or 1/2 an inch. Mistake #2: Letting the Soil Dry Out This is a common mistake. Mistake #3: Not Having Enough Air Circulation Many of us have our seed starting stations set up in our basements. However, it's also the area in the house with the worst air circulation.

Growing Vegetables A-Z. Starting a Vegetable Garden | Container Vegetable Gardening | Early Spring Vegetables | Fall Vegetable Gardening | Vegetable Gardening in Warm Climates | Vegetables A to Z Deciding what to grow in a vegetable garden should be easy - grow what you like to eat.

Growing Vegetables A-Z

But once you start reading the descriptions of the vegetables, your eyes become much bigger than your stomach. So plant a mix of vegetables to eat fresh and some to store away for later. How to Grow Organic Potatoes in Your Home Garden. Growing Pumpkins in Containers. It never occurred to me to grow pumpkins in pots until I visited Kim Brix who had a beautiful crop of them growing in containers in her side yard.

Growing Pumpkins in Containers

The plants were gorgeous and healthy and the pumpkins irresistible. I knew I had to try it myself and now I grow them every year. 10 Container Garden Tips For Beginners. The more plants you grow, the more plants you will kill.

10 Container Garden Tips For Beginners

It's that simple. Sometimes even the most expert gardeners will kill plants. It's a fact of gardening life. The trick is to know when to give up on a plant. 10 Best Flowers to Use in Hanging Baskets. Gardening: Getting Started. Tips on Successfully Starting Seeds. Starting seeds indoors can be frustrating, exhilarating or sometimes a little of both.

Tips on Successfully Starting Seeds

As someone who has killed hundreds, maybe thousands of innocent seedlings, I've improved my success rate dramatically by using these tips. Let There Be Light: For seedlings to grow properly, they need light. And lots of it. Easy Cauliflower Fritters Recipe. Vegetable Gardening in Containers and Small Spaces. You don't need a plot of land to grow fresh vegetables.

Vegetable Gardening in Containers and Small Spaces

Many vegetables lend themselves well to container gardening. With some thought to selecting bush or dwarf varieties, almost any vegetable can be adapted to growing in a pot. Even if you want your favorite full-size variety, if you give it a large enough pot and plenty of soil and water, it will grow just fine and reward you with plenty. 10 Common Container Gardening Mistakes. Since I have made every mistake possible, many more than once, the following list of 10 common container gardening mistakes is just a start, and is in no particular order. 1.

10 Common Container Gardening Mistakes

Filling a large container in the wrong place: Ever tried to lift a large container garden filled with dirt and plants? I have, and it can be overwhelmingly heavy. Container Gardening - How to Start. Oddly, this is the easy part of the whole process and probably takes the least amount of time.

Container Gardening - How to Start

Once you have your plants, pot, soil and fertilizer collected, cover the bottom drainage hole with plastic screening, paper towel or a coffee filter, so your soil will stay in and water can get out. No matter what you have read, do not put gravel in the bottom of your pot. It will not help with drainage, but will actually make drainage worse. Growing Moon Flower in Containers. To be honest, growing moonflowers in a cool climate isn't easy, however, moonflowers are definitely worth the trouble of growing them for their incredible beauty and the powerful fragrance that they add to a garden at night.

Growing Moon Flower in Containers

Before growing moonflower vines there are a few things you should know. The seeds are poisonous and this vine can become a noxious invader or an invasive in certain areas of the country. It is also a self-seeder, so if you don't want it to return next year, pick off the spent flowers so they don't form seed pods. Growing Vegetables A-Z. 5 Common Seed-Starting Mistakes to Avoid in Your Garden. How to Prevent Seedlings From Getting Leggy.

Every intrepid, seed-starting gardener has dealt with them at least once, and, probably, several times: leggy seedlings.

How to Prevent Seedlings From Getting Leggy

We sow some seeds, give them water, place them near a window, and wait with bated breath until they germinate. And, once the do, they grow with an almost freakish speed, taller and taller. Unfortunately, this tall, spindly growth is also unhealthy for your seedlings. Determining the Proper Depth to Plant Seeds. Planting a seed at the right depth improves the seed's chances of developing into a hardy seedling and increases germination rates. The precise depth varies depending on the size and type of the seeds you have. Common Mistakes Made While Growing Seeds Indoors.

Growing seeds indoors isn't hard; it's keeping them alive that can be challenging. You can save a lot of money by growing seeds, but only if they live and turn into robust plants. I have killed more seedlings than I care to admit. Armies of tiny seedlings have fallen under my care (or lack thereof). Avoiding these 11 common mistakes will greatly increase your odds for success. Not Enough Light. Seed Starting Is Easy With APS Seed Starter.

The Bottom Line The APS Seed Starter from Gardeners Supply is a great self-watering system that is worth the price. Manufacturer's Site. The Basics of Self Watering Containers. I am a huge fan of self watering containers and it seems like they are all the rage. From super, high-end, fancy planters, to DIY planters made from buckets and plastic boxes, you can find one to work for your price range and style. There are a vast number of options out there and you can even make your own for not much money. The advantages of self watering containers are numerous and they can be the best way to grow some plants--particularly vegetables. By providing a consistent level of moisture directly to the roots of plants, self watering containers can increase plant health and yield. Probably the most common mistakes gardeners make--even highly experienced gardeners--is to over-water plants.

Self watering containers are also the perfect solution if you travel and can't keep up with the watering needs of your plants. Free Self-Watering Seed Starter. How to Grow Cucumbers. Overview: Most of us think of cucumbers as green, seed-filled slices on a salad. Long, green cucumbers are by far the most popular for home gardens, but there are hundreds of cucumber varieties, including round, yellow cucs, skinny English cucs and exotic, ridged Armenian cucumbers. Most Americans have never tasted a crunchy cucumber, fresh from the garden and beautiful without a coat of wax to shine it up. Cucumbers are in the same family as squash and melons. Growing Cucumbers in Container Gardens. 5 Tips for Growing Tomatoes in Containers. Tomatoes are the Holy Grail for many gardeners. Tips for Growing Vegetables in Containers. Vegan Tahini Pad Thai - Will Frolic for Food.

Spicy. Creamy. Greek Recipe: Homemade Puffy Pita Bread – 12 Tomatoes. Home-Baked Bread Recipe: The Perfect Ciabatta – 12 Tomatoes. If you’re in the mood for a panino (the singular of the ever popular panini), then there’s really only one bread for the job: Ciabatta. Parmesan Potato Bread. Hummus Deviled Eggs - The Honour System. I just so happen to have some leftover hummus. This really excites me as I now have the opportunity to try out these deviled eggs I have seen floating around the Internet, using hummus instead of mayo, mixed with the hard egg yolks… I also tried out a new method of hard ‘boling’ the eggs. Tahini Cookies Recipe. The Greenest Tahini Sauce. Chicken Shawarma. The first time I heard about this dish, I didn’t botch the name at all.

Me, “I’ll have the chicken sharmwaramaramlarmawahllalrwah, please.” Recipe for Roasted Artichokes with Honey-Tahini Sauce. Hummus Deviled Eggs - The Honour System. Tahini Dressing Recipe - Vegan Sauces and Condiments. Rice, Bean, and Kale Bowl With Lemon-Dill Tahini. Tahini Mushroom Sauce over Penne - Loving It Vegan. Cinnamon Roll in a Mug - A Virtual Vegan. The_Mediterranean_Dish_e_Cookbook. Blondie-Covered Brownies. Classic, All Butter Peanut Butter Blossoms. Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies - Homemade Hooplah.

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