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Keeping seeds warm: heat mats for germination

This topic has come up in a couple of different contexts recently, so I thought it was time for a post. I am relatively new to owning and using a heat mat for seed germination, so I welcome comments from…

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Starting tomatoes too early

You know what they say about your eyes being bigger than your stomach? There are several horticultural equivalents to that (one of them frequently masquerades as “intensive gardening” but really isn’t) and the one I fell for again this year…

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Seeding Peas Indoors

Shell peas I love peas. I enjoy frozen peas steamed barely warm or thawed and sprinkled into salads, but I especially love fresh peas plucked from their tendrilled vines, shelled and popped almost immediately into a steamer on top of…

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Seed starting for spring, summer and fall season vegetables

While giving my seed starting presentation last week, I received a lot of questions about how to determine the date to start seeds in order to get vegetable transplants for the spring, summer or fall garden.  The answer to this…

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Aphid mystery solved

The clever folks at the Home and Garden Information Center have just solved a mystery for me, which was also a nice example of a deductive fallacy (on my part), so I thought I’d share it for general edification. You may…

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Hardening Off Vegetable Transplants, Season Extension

Well, I guess I knew that winter wasn’t entirely over, but will it change my plans to put in some early season broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce, not likely.  Monday, I set up one of my cold frames and loaded it…

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Growing Seedlings Under Lights

In January, I wrote about replacing my old T-12 fluorescent lights with a new set of T-8 troffers.  So, just to update the light story from my basement and the impact this seemingly endless winter is having on my spring…

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