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Steve Mills

You think WE are getting antsy to garden?

Posted Wednesday, February 25, 2009, at 9:44 PM
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  • I've been getting excited for about the last 2 to 3 weeks or so to start getting my hands in the dirt. It's frustrating to have to wait until mid April to start planting stuff. Oh, well, what choice is there?

    -- Posted by welkin61 on Thu, Feb 26, 2009, at 10:02 AM
  • Steve, (or anyone else for that matter), I have a huge window that faces due south with no obstructions, full sun, all day. I want to start seeds on a set a shelves in that window. I have a couple of starter trays from WallyWorld and egg cartons. Can I have some starter hints? ( The best way to set up the trays, which seeds are best to start, should I leave them there or move them around, etc.)


    -- Posted by Jacks4me on Thu, Feb 26, 2009, at 10:20 AM
  • I have a brown thumb, as it were. I've never been much good with plants. Last year, I brought a little plastic container for starting some herb plants, which I was eventually going to transplant into a planter outside my apartment. But I had the little plastic greenhouse sitting on my outside windowsill and it blew off during a heavy storm, when the plants were still quite small.

    I've always wanted to grow fresh herbs that I could use for cooking.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Thu, Feb 26, 2009, at 10:40 AM
  • Jicarney,

    I am wanting to do the same but I do not know where to start. Does anyone have any suggestions or tips?

    -- Posted by honda14 on Thu, Feb 26, 2009, at 12:26 PM
  • It may not seem like it, but there are a lot of answers to your questions and some more questions. Regarding the southern facing window, this would be great for starting seeds, but a couple of general points first.

    1. If the starter trays have covers, it will be easier to keep the moisture around the seeds.

    2. The egg cartons will work, but your need to watch them closely to avoid drying out. Also, you can not put a lot of soil in them, so they will need to be "potted on" to larger containers relatively soon or don't start them until you can plant directly into the garden.

    3. Even though the windows face South, you will need to rotate them each day to keep them balanced. You will see what I mean, shortly after they sprout. I started some Bok Choy on Saturday and went out of town for a few days. Deb did not notice that and by today they were waaay over to one side.

    4. Also, since they are in the sun, watch them for drying out. The clear cover will help.

    5.Starting seed is much easier if you use a seed starting mix. It is small grain so it surrounds the seed better. It should also be sterile to avoid disease.

    It does not even have to be real soil. Potting soil often has too many large pieces of bark or wood chips for good seed starting. Of course you can sift that stuff out, if it is all you have.

    Now back to the questions about what to grow and herbs. Different plants and herbs have different growing requirements. Some seeds require light to germinate, but many need to be covered by soil.

    Do you want to grow them in pots or in the garden, or both. By the way, some herbs are tough or even impossible to start from seed, so you may need to buy plants.

    I don't want to make it seem overwhelming. Nature has a way of surviving through many challenges, but these things would help increase your success.

    If you want to tell us what type plants you want to start with, we can give more detailed advice. If you are brand new to gardening, I would choose a few plants and avoid trying to do it all in one season. When I get too ambitious, I tend to have more failures.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Feb 26, 2009, at 8:42 PM
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