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Seed Starting Basics

Planting Seedlings - Seed Starting Basics :: An Oregon Cottage

I’ve written quite a bit about starting plants from seeds in the past (you can see all the posts on seed starting here), so I thought I’d bring them together here for you, plus add a couple of things I’ve found to be helpful (much of this originated from this post with some new additions and information – I hope it helps you take the fear (if you have any!) out of starting your plants yourself! 1. No…


All About Starting Plants From Seeds

…s just around the corner (and the return of the Tuesday Garden Party on March 6!) I’m thinkin’ about seeds…are you? I’ve written quite a bit about seed-starting in the past, so I thought I’d bring them together here for you, plus add a couple of things I’ve found to be helpful. 1. Not sold on starting your plants from seeds? I’ve listed my top four reasons it’s a good idea to start your vegetables f…


Ready, Set…Garden: New Seed Starting Basics Page

Seed Starting Basics Drop Down Menu

…lants Easy steps to a new garden bed 5 steps to organic weed control I’m also happy to finally have a new seed starting basics page that holds all of AOC’s links to the posts I’ve written about starting seeds – everything from why and  how to start your own seeds to how to take care of them and plant them. Here’s how to find this page: Hover your mouse/cursor over “Organic Gardening”…


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 specialized equipment the gardening stores and catalogs want to sell you!), but the main reason I start my veget…


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 as shown the seed starting mix (a sterilized soil-less mix) will only be wet on the top, not down into the cell. I n…


Vegetable Garden Series Part 3: Caring For Seedlings Week 1

Caring for Seedlings at One Week - An Oregon Cottage

…n into the hole and covering back up with soil. Use your finger to tamp the soil firmly around the newly planted seedlings. After thinning and transplanting, your seedling tray at week one should look like the one on the right with 1-4 seedlings only in each pot. Note: I did have a pot that I apparently forgot to put seeds in – sigh – since it didn’t have a label either, that’s why I still have an empt…


Tuesday Garden Party- Seed Starting Tips

…this week’s theme I thought I’d offer up a recap of some of the previous posts I’ve done about starting seeds indoors and what I’m doing different. In my very first post about how I start seeds indoors using inexpensive trays and equipment, I shared all the steps I take when starting vegetable and flower seeds indoors. That was a few years ago, and while I’m using mostly the same technique, I did purchase and use a s…


TGP: Favorite Garden Catalogs & Seeds

Pintetree catalog

Today we’re talking garden catalogs and the seeds we buy every year- in other words, the ones we won’t garden without! This is the place to let everyone know your favorites before we place our orders so maybe we can try them, too. Now, I’ve mentioned before why I love starting plants from seeds even when my garden is small, but let me quickly reiterate the reasons: You get to pick the varieties, not the nursery, which enables…


Tuesday Garden Party- It’s Starting To Look Like Spring…

…ing on the look of a spring garden (instead of a dead, needing to be cleaned up garden). I planted some lettuce seedlings I started from seed as well as a couple rows of spinach (a late-spring variety) and more lettuce. This is the bed with the cole crops: broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. I always plant this family of vegetables in the spring and cover immediately with a floating row cover to protect from insects and give a warming growth bu…


How (And Why) To Make The Best Flax Seed Pillows

How to make flax seed pillows

…s: Flax provides a gentle, moist heat which promotes healing. The weight of flax is gentle and comforting. Flax seeds are flower seeds, rather than grain. Thus they contain 30-40% oil which remains inside the seed to be warmed again and again. Other products loose their ability to retain heat as the water cooks out of them over time. When heated, flax seed pillows retain half their heat after an hour. Under covers (think about those toes…)…


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