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Are Cheaper Vegetable and Flower Seeds Just as Good as More Expensive Seeds?

“Though I do not believe a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” From Faith in…

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Edema on pepper seedlings

One of our demo garden MGs brought a pepper seedling leaf in last week with small bumps on the bottom, near veins. It looked healthy otherwise and didn’t have apparent active insects. Then the same thing happened to my pepper…

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Effects of light, cold, and wind

Every once in a while we gardeners get a clear illustration of the effects of environmental factors in the growth of plants. Here are two that happened at my house recently – I’m sure you can come up with lots…

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The Brassica Bridge

I’ve just passed through that brief period of summer that I call the Brassica Bridge – the time when I’m still harvesting cabbage family plants from the garden and also starting new seedlings for the fall. “Bridge” is pure alliteration,…

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Succession planting in the seed-starting room

This is what my seed-starting situation looks like at the moment. Let me explain why. I’m sure some people have the perfect amount of space for all the seed-starting they want to do, and someday I will, but today is…

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Cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day

Well, I’m not harvesting it (or eating it, unless I get some shopping in before dinner), but I am going to show off my lovely seedlings: which are out in the cold frame enjoying the sunshine and battening down for…

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Hardening off vegetable transplants

I grow all of my vegetable transplants under fluorescent lights in my basement. ¬†(To find earlier blogs on growing transplants under fluorescent lights, just search the blog for “fluorescent lights”.) ¬†Before planting them in the garden, these transplants must be…

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