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Monday, February 29, 2016

(1 of 9) Growing Tomatoes & Peppers: When to Seed Start, Starting Mix, Light, Watering & Feeding

(1 of 9) Growing Tomatoes & Peppers: When to Seed Start, 
Starting Mix, Light, Watering & Feeding 


This is a 9 part series that takes you from seed starting to picking tomatoes and peppers. The 1st video shows you how to seed start your tomatoes and peppers indoors. I show you how to prepare the starting mix, how to prevent fungus and insects, when to fertilize, how and when to water and a bit about lighting. And I tell you when to start them.



This is a series you can follow to grow your own tomatoes and peppers. Makes sure you have annotations on as I add information in text boxes. The 9 videos will be produced over the 2016 season.






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Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Indoor Over-Seeding Method for Planting Herbs (Oregano, Thyme Chives): Examples of Planting, Growth, Division and Transplanting

The Indoor Over-Seeding Method for Planting Herbs 
(Oregano, Thyme Chives): 
Examples of Planting, Growth, Division and Transplanting




Many perennial herbs are quite hardy. They don't need to be started indoors one single seed at a time. I follow Nature's practice of pods popping open and dropping thousands of herb seeds onto a small space. Oregano and Thyme have tiny seeds. I put 30 plus seeds easily into a single starting cell. I over seed them. You can do the same with Chives at about 15 seeds per cell, even with them having large seeds. As you get to even larger seed sizes like Parsley or Sage, you can over-seed at 8-10 seeds per cell.

Oregano:

Thyme:

Chives:


They are hardy strong plants and can take having their roots torn and handled when you split them and transplant them into transplant cups. Once they grow in the transplant cups, you can divide them again when they are put into the ground or outdoor containers. One over-seeded starting cell will get you four herb transplant plugs in the end.

Transplanting to Cups:



I start my herbs indoors 10-12 weeks before the would go outside. I live in Maryland Zone 7 and look to plant in March. The above herbs can take light frost and don't mind the cold. You can do this with most perennial herbs.







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