There are several questions that bother many tomato growers. First, I would like you see a well done video with some great advice on growing tomatoes. [Read more…]
If you have a lawn or a garden in our Arizona desert, you might need a little assistance with what to expect in your garden, and what to do in your garden at certain times of the year. Here are some basic tips for caring for your desert plants, flowers, vegetables, and trees. [Read more…]
Occasionally your seedlings will outgrow their containers before you are ready to move them out to the garden. This happens when you have enthusiastically planted too early (I do that a lot) or warm weather has come too late. [Read more…]
Here’s how I start my seeds, step-by-step and in pictures. The eagle-eyed among you may notice that I show pictures of both 4″ pots and small muli-cell containers. The process is the same no matter what size pot you are using or, indeed, if you are not using any pots at all, but instead use repurposed yogurt containers, old cans or fancy soil blocks. The seedling-holding vessel doesn’t matter, I just had to work with the pictures I had.
Begin by assembling your tools. You will need clean seed starting pots. I like to hose my pots out and give them a quick dip in a bleach bath in late winter to prepare them for their upcoming season of use. [Read more…]
Seeds don’t ask much: give them some moisture and the right temperature and if they are viable they will germinate. They don’t even need soil, as any kid who’s sprouted green beans between a few layers of paper towel can tell you.
It’s getting a germinated seed to grow into a strong, sturdy plant that takes a little care. To do that you need to start with a quality seed and give it the best possible start in life by providing strong light, loose soil, adequate moisture, adequate nutrition and good ventilation. Let’s take a look at each of these components in turn. [Read more…]