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I'm amazed at the tiny seedlings popping up in my indoor gardening area - so fun to start from seed.

 

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I may have started too many cardoons...

It's finally finished, head on over to Chiot's Run to download the free book: chiotsrun.com/2013/04/02/seed-starting-101-ebook-is-here/

© Kim Lowe

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My new seedling center/station in 2006. I loved this so much that I made another one the following year. The two of them are working out beautifully!!

 

All you need is a little space and:

• chrome shelving unit from Lowe's $75

• 2 four foot shop lights for each level from Home Depot $8-10 each

• 2 daylight bulbs per fixture at Home Depot $8-10/set of two (or switch in one warm bulb and one cool, that's fine too)

• fans to circulate air and act as wind to help seedlings grow stronger

 

Other things to have nearby to make starting seeds easier:

• a self-timer for the lights

• trash barrel

• table/work space

• sink/water

• trays for the bottom of the shelving unit to catch run-off water

• scissors/markers/notepad

 

(in this photo, seeds just starting on the top shelf, then a week later on the next, and so on. dahlias are growing in pots on the bottom shelf.)

I'm amazed at the tiny seedlings popping up in my indoor gardening area - so fun to start from seed.

 

chiotsrun.com/2013/04/12/friday-favorite-starting-from-seed/

little carrot seedlings growing in an egg cup. this is a method to germinate teeny tiny seeds that would otherwise get blown away or eaten by birds. once they've sprung, you can plant them, egg and all, and they have a head start. (before planting you should crack the egg and remove a bit of the bottom so that the roots can grow through)

san marzano tomatoes

Brassica seedlings in cell trays

It’s official, the 2013 edible gardening season has begun. I have already planted lots of seeds, mostly for onions and herbs, but the season doesn’t officially start for me until I plant seeds in real soil in the garden. On Monday, I spent time planting a large section of spinach.

 

chiotsrun.com/2013/03/27/planting-spinach-2/

Seed starting, tomato seedlings in cell trays

It’s official, the 2013 edible gardening season has begun. I have already planted lots of seeds, mostly for onions and herbs, but the season doesn’t officially start for me until I plant seeds in real soil in the garden. On Monday, I spent time planting a large section of spinach.

 

chiotsrun.com/2013/03/27/planting-spinach-2/

More seedlings, more varieties! Tomatoes

After 5 days, the broccoli and the broccoli raab planted in the peat pots had sprouted. The newspaper pots have been another story. They dry out incredibly fast and I think that this is impacting the germination of the seeds. We're considering scrapping them and starting over with peat pots.

It's finally finished, head on over to Chiot's Run to download the free book: chiotsrun.com/2013/04/02/seed-starting-101-ebook-is-here/

Two kinds - Utah tall improved and Taglio from Wintersown.org

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