Thinning Seedlings, The Dark Side Of Gardening

Sometimes, being a gardener can be painful.  Your back often aches, your carpel tunnel can flare up, the rose from your grandmother’s garden can die, or your favorite tree can succumb to disease.  Another of these painful days, is the day you must thin your seedlings.  After weeks of babying, watering, fanning, heating, and cooling, … Read more…

When Should I Plant My Veggie Seeds?

The question I have been asked over and over again this past week is, “Stacy, when should I plant my vegetable seeds?”   Okay, let me start off by saying that this is a loaded question.  There are so many possible answers, truths, and additional questions that my head starts to spin.  I certainly can’t do this complex question justice … Read more…

The Seeds Have Sprouted!

Checked on my cabbage and broccoli seed trays this morning and look what I found.  Baby plants! Now that the seeds have sprouted, its time to remove the clear plastic covers and let those babies breathe in some fresh air.  Ahhhhh. Like a newborn child, these new seedlings are fragile and very susceptible to disease.  One … Read more…

Grow Light DIY

Setting up your own grow lights for indoor seed starting is simple, cost effective, and extremely satisfying.   You save money by not spending hundreds of dollars at the nursery on starts.  You know exactly what, if any, fertilizers or chemicals were used to grow your starts.  You are given a choice of plant varieties that suit your individual tastes and growing … Read more…