Seed, Water, Sprout

With March temperatures in the upper 40s and low 50s around here, I know spring isn't far away. So, let the seed starting begin! I'm using a 72-cell tray that sits on top of a water soaked mat with a drip tray beneath to keep the cells moist. I've planted:Sweet Pea, String Bean, Morning Glory, Moon flower, Wildflower mix, Columbine, Basil, Parsley and an annual Black-Eyed Susan mix.My kids are loving watching the sprouts grow taller every day.As the sprouts grew, I moved some of the vines into bigger pots:On the left are the Morning Glory plants. On the right near the window are the Moon flower and String Bean plants. In the foreground on the right I am growing geraniums and impatiens by stem cuttings.Everything is growing pretty well so far, but I still have a while to go before I ca..

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Growing Herbs Indoors

How convenient would it be to have the herbs like cilantro, oregano, parsley, thyme etc grown in your vicinity?Read on to know about growing herbs indoors!Having a herb garden right inside your house will make it easier for you to reach out for whatever herb you need to prepare the delicacies you intend to cook, right away. Herbs are easy to grow because they can survive even with little maintenance and can flourish in various conditions. Many herbs can also be grown all the year round. And it’s definitely more feasible than buying expensive supermarket produce. Here’s how you turn your herb garden dream into a reality:Pick a location and plant them in the soil best suited for them:A few steps away from your kitchen makes for an ideal location for herb gardening, but any spot rec..

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5 Simple veggies to grow at home for beginners

Hey! All you folks out there who don’t have vegetable gardens, and fantasize about having your own little vegetable garden, yet are petrified with how to begin and what to grow. Read more to learn about this.Reason: (1) Since you are a novice, you are freaking out about how you will manage it.Reason:  (2) You have always been discouraged about your gardening abilities (No worries, if you don’t know how to garden, your talent is latent and waiting to be unleashed!)Reason: (3) You feel that your friends think that it is uncool to do gardening work and grow vegetables, when you can get them all in the supermarket. Well, guess what? Your friends feel the same!Maybe, you’ll should admit it to each other and get started with growing some tastebud- bursting, mouth-waterin..

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Vertical Gardening

For those of you, who are confined to an apartment lifestyle and have little or no space for practicing full-fledged gardening, vertical gardening could be your saviour.Gardening is a luxury not every city-dwellers can afford. Vertical gardens serve as an alternative option to people who don’t have a lot of horizontal space. All it needs is a little creativity and imaginative mind and you’re good to go.Types of Vertical Gardens:Keeping in mind the various factors such as cost, type of plant, growing conditions required, watering needs and drainage, the different types of vertical gardens are:-1. Green WallA green wall is the most attractive vertical garden. It can either be free standing or attached to the wall and can either be designed indoor or outdoor use. It is also termed as a ‘..

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Sowing seeds on Ground

Sowing seeds in the ground is the method of growing your plants from seed sown right in the gardenThere are no special equipment and pots needed. You don’t even have to worry about transplanting and the related risk of transplant shock or hardening your plants off.Although it is no longer preferred by flower gardeners, who instead prefer to purchase blooming transplants, direct sowing is still fairly common in vegetable gardening. Planting seeds directly will save you money. A package of 25 seeds costs about what you would pay for one transplant in a 4-inch pot.Direct seeding also opens up your choices tremendously. Look how few cucumber varieties are offered as transplants compared with how many varieties are available at the seed rack or from online seed companies.Moreover, cer..

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