How And Why To Start Plants From Seed

Here’s a new seed starting video from Territorial Seed Company that is another helpful tool in taking the mystery out of starting vegetables and flowers from seed. It has good, basic information, although I will say that I didn’t agree with the watering method used. I know from experience that when watered from the top […]


An After-Christmas Tradition (For Garden Nerds)

The Christmas tree is gone, the decorations all in their boxes ready for the attic, and now I finally get to sit down with my… Garden catalogs! Seriously, my daughter rolls her eyes at this (welcome to life with a 13-year-old), but I restrain myself through the holidays, putting aside the new year’s gardening catalogs […]


Vegetable Gardening Series Part 6: The Fall Garden

Have you started your seeds for a fall garden yet? In climates like Western Oregon, our vegetable gardens don’t have to end with the summer. Our last frost date is between October 15th and the 31st, depending on the area (and where you’re getting your information!) and with a little planning, we can fill the […]


Vegetable Garden Series Part 3c: Planting the Seedlings

I should have taken a picture of the flat of seedlings I started back on March 9, but I didn’t think to take pictures at first, I was so intent on getting them into the ground! As I was preparing the bed, I realized I should do a final post on this little flat of […]


Vegetable Garden Series Part 3b: Caring for Seeds Update

I wanted to give you a quick update on what the vegetable seedlings look like after 6 weeks. FYI for the crooked shop light: I just raise one side of the shop light to fit the tallest seedlings, in order to let the lower side still be closer to the smaller seedlings. Pictured above are […]


Vegetable Garden Series Part 3: Caring For Seedlings Week 1

Caring for Seedlings at One Week - An Oregon Cottage

Here’s a look at the seeds I started a week ago: This tray is planted with tomatoes in 4-inch pots (which are actually 3 1/2-inches – go figure). Most of the tomatoes have come up (they’re pretty easy) which is in stark contrast to my peppers, which you’ll see in a bit. In my experience […]


Vegetable Garden Series Part 2: How to Start Plants from Seeds

Seed Starting Equipment - An Oregon Cottage

Let’s start some seeds! Today I’m going to share how to start plants from seeds indoors weeks or months before your planting season so that you can have your own seedlings when it’s time to plant. Starting vegetables from seed can be less expensive (although it can be expensive if you buy a lot of […]


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