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All About Starting Seeds

comments (0) December 6th, 2010 in blogs
Ruth Ruth
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Growing plants from seed is a rewarding activity, It's not all that complicated, but if you're trying it for the first time, it's helpful to read and see how seasoned gardeners approach the task, from selecting seeds to planting, maintaining, watering, and ultimately planting the young seedlings out in the garden. 

In this four-part collection of articles, blog posts, and videos from FineGardening.com and our sister site VegetableGardener.com, novice and experienced gardeners alike will find useful tips and techniques for getting their ornamental and vegetable seedlings off to the best possible start.

1. What to grow, and where to get seeds (this page)
2. How to start seeds
3. Equipment you'll need
4. Caring for your seedlings

If you are starting a garden for the first time, or if you've never started vegetable or flower seeds before, keep in mind that there is no absolute "right" way. Like so many things in gardening, and in life, there are many approaches that work, so don't be confused by differing recommendations.

1. What to grow, and where to get seeds:
easy seeds to start, seed catalog reviews
What to Do with Leftover Seeds What to Do with Leftover Seeds
Seeds can remain viable for several seasons. If you have more old seeds than you plan to plant, check out VegetableGardener.com blogger Jodi Torpey's suggestions for ways to swap and share with other gardeners.   Read more...
 10 Perennials Easily Grown from Seed 10 Perennials Easily Grown from Seed
How does one go about growing perennials from seed, and what are the best plants for beginners to start with? You'll find out here.   Read more...
Starting Wildflowers from Seed Starting Wildflowers from Seed
William Cullina, a well-known authority on native North American plants, covers the topic in depth, from how to gather, prep, store, and start wildflower seeds. You'll also find a list of zones and germination requirements for 41 woodland wildflowers.   Read more...
  The 10 Easiest Plants to Grow from Seed
First-time seed starters should check out this list of veggies and flowers with a high success rate when planted from seed.   Read more...
 Grow Lettuce from Seed Grow Lettuce from Seed
If you grow lettuce from seed, you can sample wonderful heirloom varieties you won't find at the garden center. If you start your lettuce seeds indoors, you can arrange the seedlings in colorful patterns when you plant them out.   Read more...
A Time to Sow A Time to Sow
Culinary herbalist Susan Belsinger offers timely tips on starting vegetable and herb seeds.   Read more...
Seed Catalog Reviews Seed Catalog Reviews
This year's seed and garden catalogs are off the presses and headed your way. Before you place your orders, read our short reviews and post your comments..   Read the reviews...


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