starting seeds

  • cold frame with plastic exterior
    How-To

    Using Cold Frames in the Mountain West

    If you’ve lived in the Mountain West, you know how erratic the weather can be here; sometimes there are swings between temperatures with as much as a 60° to 70°F…

  • Native ferns grow in flats
    How-To

    Propagating Natives by Seed in the Mid-Atlantic

    As information about growing native plants becomes more available to home gardeners, it’s hard to find a reason not to grow them. I talked to Leslie French about propagating native…

  • Gro Mor MWS-1 Mini Wand Seeder
    Article

    Great Garden Tools for the Season

    Gro Mor MWS-1 Mini Wand Seeder If you’ve ever struggled with sowing the nearly invisibly small seeds of poppy (Papaver spp. and cvs., Zones 2–10), impatiens (Impatiens spp. and cvs.,…

  • Video

    Seed-Starting Tips and Techniques (Class)

    Starting plants from seed opens a world of possibilities to gardeners of all skill levels. Many vegetables, annual flowers, and even perennial plants can be started from seed using a…

  • Transplant seedlings into the garden on a drizzly, gray day to protect them from the desiccating effect of the sun. If the weather won’t cooperate, plant in late afternoon.
    Design

    Jump-Start Your Seeds

    Use these tricks to speed germination, then plant up some pots

  • How-To

    Tips for Growing Seeds Under Artificial Light

    Sowing a packet of seeds in the winter is uplifting, but without a good source of light, seedlings will become weak and spindly. In this video, Barbara Pierson of White…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Indoor Seed-Starting Materials List

    For those of us living in a region that has rather mild winters, the seed starting party is only 4-5 weeks away. For some it's a little farther out. But…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Save Recycled Containers for Starting Spring Seeds

    We're going to focus on two things here. The first one is saving money on a required gardening practice - seed starting. The second one is ignoring the fact that…

  • How-To

    Seed-Starting Strategies

    If you get the basics right, you can have your pick of healthy seedlings. From seed-starting supplies to transplanting outdoors, here is all the info you need to get your…