starting seeds

  • seeds to sow in fall
    Design

    Sow Seed in Fall for Annuals in Spring

    It might sound counterintuitive, but when the possibility of cooler weather arrives in fall, it’s time to think about spring flowers. Some of the best spring bloomers only do well…

  • pink and red sweet peas
    How-To

    When Do You Sow Sweet Peas? Plant Them in Fall If You Live in This Zone

    If it’s fall and you live in USDA Hardiness Zones 8 and above, you should be planting your sweet pea seeds. Sweet peas are climbing annual plants that bear clusters…

  • 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…