Extend the gardening fun and save money by starting your plants from seed.
Purchase seeds of your favorite or hard to find plants from a garden center or catalogue. Purchase or clean and reuse old containers. Or, make your own by punching holes in yogurt, cottage cheese or fast food containers or folding newspaper into biodegradable pots.
Fill the containers with a well-drained potting mix or a sterile seed starting mix. Be sure to check the back of your seed packets for information on when and how to plant your seeds. Plant the seeds a depth about twice the seed diameter and gently water. Cover the container with plastic or one of the pre-fab domes; that helps hold moisture and humidity in and speed up germination.
As soon as those seedlings sprout, it's time to move them to a sunny location or better yet, under artificial lights. You're well on your way to a beautiful garden season.
Long leggy seedlings are reaching for the light and need to move to a sunnier window or under artificial lights. Keep the lights about 6 inches above the tops of the plants for best results. Some gardeners put the lights on chains to raise and lower as needed. Run the lights 14 hours a day and turn them off at night. Running them longer will not help the plants, wastes energy, and your money.
For more gardening information, videos and tips visit my web site www.MelindaMyers.com
Also, here's more information on my upcoming garden walk at Boerner Botanical Gardens. I hope you can join me!
“DISCOVER HIDDEN TREASURES” GARDEN SERIES AT BOERNER BOTANICAL GARDENS with Melinda Myers
Series supports Children’s Education programs
May 16, 2012
Discovering Solutions for Your Garden
Boerner’s varied plantings provide solutions to the many challenges faced by gardeners. Join Melinda to visit shady spaces, rock gardens, hot sunny spots, and rain gardens. You’ll be able to use these plants and planting strategies in your own backyard!
To register, call 414-525-5659. Class size is limited - so please register early.
$20 per class for members of the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens; $25 for non members.