Seed Starting The lengthening days of late winter anticipate warmer temperatures soon to come. Springtime is just around the corner and you can get a significant head start on the growing season by starting seeds early. Whether you have a greenhouse or are limited to some extra counter or cabinet space, you can successfully start seeds for transplant weeks or even months before you could sow them outdoors. The process is both highly economical compared to buying fully grown … [Read more...] about Seed Starting: Techniques and Products for Success
Spring should be early this year thanks to some solid predictions by a glutton inspired groundhog. What do groundhogs love to eat? Virtually anything that grows. And since Nibbles (Asheville's resident cuddly crop destroyer) did give gardeners a head start, it's only appropriate that we plant some veggie seeds for her future munching. Some of the best veggie seeds to start this weekend indoors (and then transplant outside) are broccoli, cabbage, chard, kale, and lettuce. All these seeds are … [Read more...] about The Groundhog Has Spoken Part Two: Buffet Preparation for the Hole Dwellers
A harsh winter can spell mental doom for the avid gardener. A potent cocktail of cabin fever, kerosene fumes, and clothing with more layers than a decadent sundae can unravel the nerves. Snow loses its sled worthy status. It's once regal standing bumped down to mere eye irritant. How does one avoid these occasional lapses with sanity? And how can one deter from pining for the once abundant raised bed that presently looks like a tomb? Fortunately, a garden can be a 12 month hobby even … [Read more...] about Winter Wonderland my A..
A successful clone can be one of the most rewarding experiences for a grower. Essentially, a gardener-turned-cloner steps into the triad role of surgeon, scientist, and anal retentive clean freak. Preparation is key (consult, "A Cut Above: Act I" for cloning mise en place) as well as a sanitary environment. Ready? 1) Once the prized plant has been selected, take a sharp clean blade and make a 45 degree cut across branches two to four inches long. Before putting the clone into the grow … [Read more...] about A Cut Above: Act Two.