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20+ Seed Starting Questions Answered - Table of Contents: Prevent Common Mistakes & Get Answers!

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20+ Seed Starting Questions Answered - Table of Contents:  Prevent Common Mistakes & Get Answers!

Here are the answers to 23 common questions I get on seed starting. Use the digital table of conference to jump to the answers you want. My Playlist for 2020 Seed Starting Indoors: will give you more details about every aspect of starting herbs, flowers and vegetables indoors. Enjoy!

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How to Fill & Layer a No-Dig Raised Bed: Understanding Bagged Compost & Manures - They Vary Greatly!

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How to Fill & Layer a No-Dig Raised Bed: Understanding Bagged Compost & Manures - They Vary Greatly!

Bagged manures and composts are not always 100% fully composted or broken down. Many bagged products contain manures and compost that are still actively being broken down by soil microbes. This is important because we tend to assume these products are ready to be used in our garden beds and therefore we can immediately put plants into the freshly manured and amended beds. Company's are allowed to label just about anything as manure, compost or compost and manure. They are not regulated for quantity of the said product being put in the bags.  Nor are they regulated on how far...

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Vegetable Seed Starting Indoors: Purchasing the Right Lighting for Grow-Lights & Saving Money!

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Vegetable Seed Starting Indoors: Purchasing the Right Lighting for Grow-Lights & Saving Money!

You don't have to spend a lot of money on specific grow-lights for seed starting plants indoors. You often pay 2 or 3 times more for a product that is labelled a grow-light. You can make the lights yourself by simply buying the correct fluorescent tubes or LED lights. You can find them at any hardware store. The money you save can be used to buy seeds and seed starting supplies. Here is the video that covers this blog post.   I am describing a lighting system that is for growing transplants. We aren't using these light for fruiting and...

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10+ Tomato Growing Tips & Talk for Success: Do's, Don'ts, What's & Why's for New Gardeners!

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10+ Tomato Growing Tips & Talk for Success: Do's, Don'ts, What's & Why's for New Gardeners!

Growing tomatoes is a little more than digging a hole and planting it, but not as complicated as many make it out to be. Here is a list of tips that will help you grow large, productive and healthy tomato plants. The video covers all the main points in detail. 1) Purple stems and undersides of leaves are normal and a sign of a healthy plant when the rest of it is green. 2) Purple veining and yellowing can be a sign of under nutrition or over fertilizing. It is important to feed your plants low and steady amounts of...

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How to Grow Tomato & Vegetable Transplants Without Grow-Lights: Principles, Examples & Planting

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How to Grow Tomato & Vegetable Transplants Without Grow-Lights: Principles, Examples & Planting

You can grow wonderful tomato transplants without grow-lights and you can use this same method with other flowers, herbs and vegetables. It is pretty simple. The video explains the principle and shows you examples of vegetables grown using this method. In short... take the seed flats out during the day when it is not freezing and conditions are good and bring them in at night.  You need grow-lights indoors because a window doesn't provide enough direct light and your seed starts will get tall and leggy. Taking them outside during the day, addresses this issue by exposing them to the...

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