Search The Rusted Garden Blog: Just Enter A Vegetable or Phrase

Friday, March 2, 2018

Introducing Episode 1 of Gardening 101: Indoor Vegetable Seed Starting Basics: Seeds, Starting Supplies & Lighting

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel The Rusted Garden
Over 800 Garden Videos Designed to Quickly Present Information!


Introducing Episode 1 of Gardening 101:
Indoor Vegetable Seed Starting Basics: Seeds, Starting Supplies & Lighting


I will be doing a long format video series with a digital table of contents so you can jump to the most relevant parts of the video. Gardening 101 will take you through my entire gardening season from beginning to end. On the way I will explain and show just about everything I am doing. It is a great way to learn and refresh your vegetable gardening skills.


The first episode of Gardening 101 is all about indoor seed starting. I cover the seed types, starting supplies and really explain the kind of lighting you need. This episode will get you started in the really fun and relaxing world of starting seeds indoors. The video is best watched through my 2nd YT Channel My First Vegetable Garden as the video links will be active. Here is what you will find in the video description

I will be doing a longer video series called Gardening 101 exclusively on my 2nd YT Channel: My First Vegetable Garden. It can be searched with a digital table of contents. The series is geared to the first time vegetable gardener. Today's episode is all about the basics of indoor seed starting.  I cover seeds and what GMO, Heirloom, Hybrids and Organic means, basic seed starting supplies, seed starting mix and out of the box grow-lights. Enjoy!

0:00 Series Introduction
1:30 What are GMO's Seeds
2:33 What are Heirloom Seeds
3:30 What are Organic Seeds
4:56 What are Hybrid Seeds
6:44 Pressed Peat Moss Seed Starting Cells - 'I don't like them'
7:47 Basic Plastic Seed Starting Cells
9:30 Basic Seed Starting Mix Tips
10:50 Boiling Water to Stop Fungus Gnats
11:22 Water Trays and Bottom Watering
14:17 Basics on Cool Weather and Warm Weather Crops
15:30 Grow Light Basics - Lumens & Kelvin Ratings



Please support The Rusted Garden - Thanks!

By using these Amazon links, any purchase you make returns a % of sales back to TRG. I turn most of that back into the garden and videos. Greatly Appreciated! - Gary (TRG)

Seed Starting Supplies:
Garden Fertilizers:
Amazon General Search Page:

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Gardeners Wanted for the 2018 All-America Selections Growing Group! - A Seed Give-Away

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel The Rusted Garden
Over 800 Garden Videos Designed to Quickly Present Information!

Gardeners Wanted for the 2018 All-America Selections Growing Group!
..........................................A Seed Give-Away..........................................


We are randomly selecting 50 'Flower and Vegetable Winners' FB group members to receive 3-5 free seed packs of different AAS Winning varieties and starting our new Growing Group. We want to share our passion with your passion for growing a garden. We'd love for you to join our new FB group and share your gardens with us! Every 3-4 months we are going to have seed give-aways and growing groups. Here is how you enter... our first give-away and planting group!

All-America Selections is an 85-year-old non-profit, plant trialing organization that tests new vegetable, fruit, ornamental and flower varieties for garden performance. Only the top performers are deemed AAS Winners. We want to spread the word about who we are and what we do. We don't sell the seeds. We only declare the winners. You are probably already growing some declared #AASWinners. Anyone growing the 'Sweet Banana' pepper this year?



We are going to give seeds away regularly so please join our FB group. Oh and we will be giving out other prizes too. The 50 random winners will form our first AAS Growing Group. We hope you will share pictures of the growing seeds you win.

Pictures of them as baby seed starts, adolescent garden plants and mature harvests. All the stages of their growth. It should be a lot of fun! The more you share the greater your chances for the... grand prize! Just use the hashtags #aasgrowinggroup #aaswinners #aasrooters We also hope you will share your experience and help others seed start and grow their gardens.

We hope this group becomes a place for you to share, teach and learn. We hope the winning 50 members share some seeds with other members and the growing group grows from kindness. The best way to learn is from each other.

You can gain chances for randomly winning in three ways:

Use Mail Chimp to sign up through this link http://eepurl.com/djpYG5. That helps us easily collect your address to mail out the seeds (40 random winners)

Some random winners will be selected from group members that share a post or picture about their garden here in our FB group. Please use these hastags #aasplantingroup #aaswinners #aasrooters
Other random winners will be selected from subscribers to our All America Selections news letter.

You can sign up at our website at https://all-americaselections.org/. Check out the AAS Winners database for all the winning varieties of vegetables, fruits, flowers and ornamentals. You probably are already growing some of them. The ‘Sweet Banana’ pepper was an 1941 winner!

Thanks for Being Part of Our Group!
#AASgrowinggroup
#AASWinners
#AASRooters


Diane Blazek
Gail Pabst


Please support The Rusted Garden - Thanks!

By using these Amazon links, any purchase you make returns a % of sales back to TRG. I turn most of that back into the garden and videos. Greatly Appreciated! - Gary (TRG)

Seed Starting Supplies:
Garden Fertilizers:
Amazon General Search Page:

Sunday, January 21, 2018

How to Find & Use Inexpensive LED Grow Light Tubes: Replace Fluorescent Bulbs & Reuse Fixtures

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel The Rusted Garden
Over 800 Garden Videos Designed to Quickly Present Information!

How to Find Use Inexpensive LED Grow Light Tubes:
Replace Fluorescent Bulbs Reuse Fixtures

The price of LED bulbs have dropped significantly. I show you how to find LED replacements for your 4 foot fluorescent tubes. I go over where to find them, costs, how to use them and the ratings that make effective grow lights. I also show you two inexpensive out of the box LED lights you can use immediately.

Here is the Lights of America LED 4500 Lumens, 5000K 4 foot Shop Light as seen in video http://amzn.to/2DCf8zi Here is the Lithonia Lighting LED 3000 Lumens, 4000K 3 foot Shop light as seen in the video http://amzn.to/2DZWkIl
Amazon price will vary as I quoted Walmart in store price.

The out of the box set-ups only require you to hang them in the location that will host your seed starts. Just hang and turn them on. LED lights are inexpensive to run and you'll find starting your own vegetable starts will save you a lot of money. The video will cover they systems and key elements to help you make an informed decision. 



Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Complete Guide for Growing Tomatoes & Peppers - Seed to Harvest: Every Step!/Table of Contents

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel The Rusted Garden
Over 800 Garden Videos Designed to Quickly Present Information!

A Complete Guide for Growing Tomatoes & Peppers
Seed to Harvest: Every Step!/Table of Contents

This is probably the most complete guide on YT for starting tomatoes and peppers indoors, through harvesting them and all the steps in between. Every step can be found in the digital table of contents. Just click the section you want. I cover all aspects of seed starting, all aspects of taking care of transplants, all aspects of planting and tending, how to mange pests & diseases, how to save seeds and I show you an entire year's growth of these plants. This was a 9 part series from 2106.

Best viewed on my YT channel The Rusted Garden to get the working digital links. Enjoy.




Best viewed on my YT channel The Rusted Garden to get the working digital links. Enjoy.

0:00 Introduction of Video Contents

Section One: Growing Tomatoes & Peppers: When to Seed Start, Starting Mix, Light, Watering & Feeding 2:05

2:42 When to Start Tomatoes & Peppers Indoors - Soil Temps
3:35 Definition of Determinate & Indeterminate Tomatoes
4:15 Mold, Fungus and Fungus Gnats - Seed Starting Mix Fix!
6:02 How to Pack Your Seed Cells with Starting Mix
6:40 Planting Your Pepper & Tomato Seeds
9:30 Lighting Needs & What Thin & Spindly Plants Look Like
11:45 Pepper Growth, Timing and Heating Mat
13:00 What are True Leaves & What They Look Like
14:00 I Don't Use Organic Fertilizer at Initial Planting - Why?
15:15 Bottom Watering & How to Do It & When to Do It

Section Two: Growing Tomatoes & Peppers: Acclimation (to Sun), Fertilizing, Cup Transplanting Peppers 16:42

17:20 When to Start Peppers Indoors
17:44 What is Plant Acclimation & Generally How to Do It
19:36 Feed & Fertilizing Your Pepper Seedlings
21:15 Transplanting Your Seed Start Peppers into Cups

Section Three: Growing Tomatoes & Peppers: True Leaves & Fertilizing, Purple Stems, Cinnamon Anti-Fungal 28:27

29:28 Review of When to Seed Start Your Tomatoes & Peppers
30:20 Growth of the Tomatoes & Tomato True Leaves
30:50 Feeding Your Tomato Seedlings & Bottom Watering
32:15 How Often to Feed Your Seedlings
32:40 Update on Growth of the Pepper Plants in Cups
35:50 How to Label & Keep Track of Your Plant Varieties
38:25 Planting Routine & Acclimation as Way to Improve Health
40:20 How to Use Cinnamon on Your Starts for Fungus & Mold

Section Four: Growing Tomatoes & Peppers: Cup Transplanting Tomatoes, Fertilizing, Stem Bumps, Tips 41:50

42:00 Supplementing Light By Using Sunlight for Indoor Starts
43:30 Update on the Tomatoes that are 4 Weeks Old
44:20 Bumps on Tomato Stems - No Worries
44:55 Transplanting Your Tomato Seed Starts into Cups
49:40 Watering & Feeding Your Peppers & Tomatoes in Cups

Section Five: Growing Tomatoes & Peppers: Pruning Peppers, No Flowering, Feeding & Progress 50:38

51:00 Pruning Tops of Peppers - How, When & Why

Section Six: Growing Tomatoes & Peppers: Pepper Planting, Container Soil, Basic Feeding, Tomato Progress 55:56

56:10 Planting Temperatures & Fertilizing Tips & Pepper Growth
57:35 Planting Tomatoes & Peppers in Containers
1:02:10 Plating Tomatoes & Peppers in the Ground - Principles

Section Seven: Growing Tomatoes & Peppers: Prevention, Splash Barrier, Aspirin & Sprays, Planting 1:07:00

1:07:05 Growth & Seed Starting Tips & Cup Transplanting Tips
1:09:40 Tour of Pepper Growth in Earth Beds
1:10:20 Why You Mulch and Remove Leaves & Actual Process
1:12:58 Iron Phosphate for Snails & Slugs
1:14:30 Planting Your Indeterminate Tomatoes in Earth Beds
1:17:50 Principles of Mulching

Section 8:Growing Tomatoes & Peppers: Side Dressing, Pruning, Suckers, Removing Leaves, Sprays 1:18:10

1:18:25 Preventive Spraying & Baking Soda & Aspirin Spray
1:23:10 Pepper Pruning & General Maintenance
1:26:10 Pruning Tomatoes, Staking, Sucker Removal Demonstrated
1:31:15 Side Dressing Tomato Plants with Fertilizer & Feeding Tips
1:34:39 Spraying for Diseases - Routine & Tips
1:35:59 Tips on Pruning & Options - It's Up to You

Section Nine: Growing Tomatoes & Peppers: My Harvest, Saving Tomato & Pepper Seeds, Final Tour 1:37:10

Thanks for Watching!



Please Visit The Rusted Garden Seed & Garden Shop: https://www.therustedgarden.com/


Sunday, January 14, 2018

How to Make Inexpensive Sterile Starting & Potting Mix: Peat, Vermiculite & Perlite - No Fungus Gnats

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel The Rusted Garden
Over 800 Garden Videos Designed to Quickly Present Information!

How to Make Inexpensive Sterile Starting & Potting Mix:
Peat, Vermiculite & Perlite - No Fungus Gnats

If you don't use a lot of seed starting mix and you only pot up a few plants to grow as your vegetable transplants, you are better off buying prepackaged mixes. However, you need to sterilize it to decrease your chances of hatching fungus gnat eggs.

If you use a lot of starting mix and use potting mix to grow your seeds starts to a larger size, making it yourself will save you a lot of money. It is very simple and you can adapt the mixes to your personal needs.

A 2.2 cubic foot compressed bag of peat moss will cost you between $10 and $15. A 2 cubic foot bag of fine vermiculite will cost between $20 and $30. These are the two key ingredients for making starting mix. You will be able to make 60 - 90 quarts of mixes. I recommend not using perlite in the starting mix as it just isn't needed for your germinating seedlings. You can add perlite to make more of a potting mix when your plants are ready to be moved into larger containers. This video explains the ratios and it will show you how to make the different mixes and what they look like.


A key to having successful seed starts is sterilizing your seed starting and potting mixes. Always buy dry ingredients as the first rule. Never bring in soil, dirt or other amendments from your garden as the second rule. You will bring in dormant fungus, diseases and insect eggs. Once they are given the warmth of your home and the grow lights... they will mature along with your seedlings and cause great problems. Problems you can prevent by using heat.

Peat moss comes dry but fungus gnat eggs will sit and wait for moisture. Rule three, is to use boiling water to pre-moisten your starting mix before you start your seeds. You can also use the microwave to heat pre-moistened starting mix but should do this at your own risk. Boiling water is safer. The video discuss these principles for sterilizing your soil and ridden them of fungus, diseases and insect eggs.


If You Use Amazon, Please Support The Rusted Garden via My Amazon Affilate