Seeds

For The Love of Cardinals

Many of our customers love the birds, and provide food and water to attract them to their yards and gardens. In this region we are blessed to have a wide range of resident birds as well as flocks that come through during migration. All birders and homeowners have their favorites, but many especially love the…

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A Schedule For Seeds & Cuttings on Cape Cod

When it comes to starting seeds indoors, timing is everything. In February our customers frequently want to know if it’s too early to start their tomato seeds. They ask if it’s OK to begin to grow other vegetable plants and flowers inside. Some seeds can be started quite early indoors while others are best left…

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Seed Starting Pitfalls

In a previous post we gave some tips for starting seeds. In this post I thought I’d talk about what to do if things go wrong, and places where people commonly make mistakes with their seed starting. Here are some things to look out for and try to avoid. And take it from this long-time…

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Starting Tomato Seeds

What a treat to be planting tomato seeds…finally! Nothing says “Spring IS around the corner!” quite like seed starting. And speaking of corners, I want to give you a little tip that might help when you plant small seeds. When starting our tomato seeds I get the potting mix wet first. This is important because…

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What To Do With Leggy Seedlings

At this time of year we get frequent calls from people who have started seeds inside and find that they’ve gotten too “leggy.” This is most common for those who are growing seedlings on a windowsill where the light might be strong but not as direct or constant as you’d find in a greenhouse. The…

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Which Plants Get Started From Seed?

Many of our customers are shy about growing plants from seed which is why we frequently hold seminars on seed-starting. We want people to be successful with seeds! Why should you bother growing your own small plants instead of just buying larger ones? Here are some reasons that in some instances seed is better. There…

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Presents With Potential

Walking by the rack of Renee’s Seeds today started me thinking about the gift of planting. I realize that when thinking of presents most people’s minds don’t automatically wander to seeds, no matter what the season. Somehow, however, these colorful packets are the perfect gift because they are filled with such potential. Packages of seed…

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A Sunny Day? You Can Grow That!

Every day is filled with sunshine if you grow Sunflowers. This annual plant, Helianthus annuus, makes a cheerful addition to any flower bed, vegetable plot, or bird garden. Best of all, they are easy to grow! Don’t look for annual sunflowers in the garden center, however. These plants are best planted from seed. Put sunflower…

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The Magic of Microgreens

It’s cold outside and spring can’t come fast enough. Some of us satisfy our urge to plant by planning our vegetable gardens, but those in the know aren’t waiting….they’re growing micro-greens indoors. Micro-greens are the youngest plants imaginable. They may be tiny but are nevertheless filled with flavor and nutrients. Tiny beet microgreens taste just…

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Seed Starting Tips – #1

It may be winter outside, but that don’t let that stop you for planning for the coming growing season. At this time of year many gardeners make plans for starting seeds. In fact, those seeds that require more time to germinate, or those seedlings that take longer to grow, can be started early and grown…

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