The Rusted Garden Blog — Seed Starting

How to Have Tomato Transplants Ready for Your Garden in 6 Weeks - Container Size Matters

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How to Have Tomato Transplants Ready for Your Garden in 6 Weeks - Container Size Matters

Growing tomato transplants isn't really difficult once you have the basics down. It just takes some time to learn. However, growing large plants in 6 weeks, that are ready to be planted into a garden, can be challenging. The key is container size. Lighting, watering, and fertilizing will impact plant growth but cell or container size is often over looked. Generally speaking, a transplant's size is constrained by the growing space of the roots. The stronger and larger the root system, the more quickly the plant can grow in size. A lot has been written about lighting, watering, and fertilizing....

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How to Prevent this #1 Seed Starting Mistake - Boiling Water & Fungus Gnats

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How to Prevent this #1 Seed Starting Mistake - Boiling Water & Fungus Gnats

The number one mistake made, when starting seeds indoors, is not sterilizing the seed starting mix. Peat based starting mixes are notorious for having fungus gnat eggs in them. They can survive temperature extremes and sit dormant for a very long time in the mixes. Once you add water to the starting mix and expose them to the grow lights and warm temperatures, they hatch. The larva feed on the roots of your seed starts and grow into adult flying gnats. The fungus gnats lay more eggs and the cycle continues, eventually causing the huge problem of seedling loss. The...

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A Complete Video Series on Starting Vegetables, Flowers & Herbs Indoors: A 20+ Video Collection

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A Complete Video Series on Starting Vegetables, Flowers & Herbs Indoors: A 20+ Video Collection

Starting garden plants indoors is rewarding on so many levels. It gives you something to do during the cold months and opens the door to  transplants of 1000s of varieties of plants you would never find at nurseries or your big box stores.  Not only that, it will save you a lot of money.  Even with the initial start up costs of buying lights, shelves and starting supplies, you save money. You can get a good 10 years out of lights now-a-days. The money you save starting you own plants will pay for itself in the first year. Instead of...

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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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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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