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Seed starting is easier than you think. There’s nothing to be afraid of if you follow our simple steps. A lot of gardeners will back away slowly when the conversation turns to seed trays and heating mats, and they start muttering things like, “I just buy organic seedlings from my local nursery.” That’s one way to go. But to get the most out of your gardening dollar you cannot beat starting vegetables and flowers from seeds. Plus (and this is what motivates many gardeners)…
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Our video on Seedling Care shows how Tricia grows her seedlings with proper light and fertilizer. Then she transplants her seedlings from trays to pots, and hardens them off before planting them outdoors. Here are more tips to help you grow strong seedlings and starts. Light for seedlings How much light will your seedlings need? Seeds have varying needs for light during their initial germination. Some seeds like to germinate in the dark (pot marigolds, verbenas), some are indifferent to light (hollyhocks,…
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia a California organic gardener and spring is right around the corner. Even though it snowed here last week I'm going to start my seeds though before I do anything I'm going to dampen my Quickroot with a little water. You want the Quickroot to be dampened to the point of like a wet sponge Quickroot is a soilless seed starting mix its fluffy and allows the roots to penetrate you dont want to use a regular soil because they can carry fungus which can cause dampening off in your plants. There are many options for seed starting containers and one of them is not even a container at all its this soil blocker this allows you to make blocks of soil which is really a very environmentally friendly way to make your soil starts as well as virtually eliminating any chance of transplant shock. Trays are great for saving space this Speedling tray is very insulating and despite it being Styrofoam its as durable as this heavy duty plastic tray both of them are great because they have little holes on the bottom which will air prune the roots and that's a major benefit so that you don't grow plants that are root bound. No matter what tray you choose make sure that it's about two to three inches deep, clean and able to drain. I'm going to use this seventy two cell Speedling tray and I'm going to fill it with Quickroot. So I'm going to fill the cells all the way to the top with the Quickroot seed starting mix. Today we are going to be planting pepper seeds and the package says to plant the seed about a quarter inch in depth so I'm going to poke little holes that are about a quarter inch deep that's where I'm going to plant my seeds. I've got a rainbow bell mix, you want to plant two seeds for every plant you want and once you've planted all your seeds make sure and put them in a nice warm location like on top of the refrigerator or in a really sunny warm area. Thanks for joining me today in the greenhouse there are as many ways to start seeds as there are gardeners so just go for it and experiment. Seeds like moisture, a lot of warmth so don't forget to water them and don't forget to grow organic for life!

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Erich Says:
Sep 8th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

The soil blocker looks great, and am glad to learn about it. For me it would be helpful to have more information about what to do after the seeds are planted - ideal temperature, moisture, stuff for new gardeners. I will look around some more. Thanks for all the great information and your product line and prices are great!

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Sep 10th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Erich, Thanks for your kind words! Some of the info you mention is on the seed packs themselves (and the product pages for the seed varieties). We also have videos about Starting a Garden http://groworganic.com/organic-gardening/videos/how-to-start-a-garden and Planting Vegetables http://groworganic.com/organic-gardening/videos/planting-vegetables  Two of the books we recommend for new vegetable gardeners are How to Grow More Vegetables http://www.groworganic.com/how-to-grow-more-vegetables.html and The Veg. Gardener’s Bible http://www.groworganic.com/vegetable-grower-s-bible.html

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