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Sowing Seeds: A Guide to Starting and Planting Seeds

Planting seeds is simple, but knowing when to plant them requires a bit more thought.



"Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden" gives you the dirt on growing gorgeous organic food with very little square footage, from how to create and maintain healthy soil to deciding what and when to plant.
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Purple and sweet basil seedlings emerge from the soil. Start basil and other heat-loving edibles indoors to get a head start on the season; transplant them outside once the weather warms.
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Seed packets often contain more seeds that you can use in a small garden, so to avoid wasting unused seeds, coordinate your purchases with fellow gardeners and share them among friends.
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Seed packets often contain more seeds that you can use in a small garden, so to avoid wasting unused seeds, coordinate your purchases with fellow gardeners and share them among friends.
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Choose quick germinating veggies such as corn, cucumbers, lettuce, or radishes to hold their interest. Starting seeds indoors in containers gives you a jump on the planting season.
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Planting seed is a great project for kids.
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Newspaper pots make great seed-starting containers, because you can plant the pot with the plant.
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When it comes to seed starting, fluorescent lighting is a great indoor substitute for sunlight.
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Never pull the plant out of its pot by its stem or leaves; instead, squeeze the sides of the pot to release the roots and let it slide out
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You’d go mad trying to sow individual tiny seeds, such as those of carrots and lettuce. Just sprinkle a pinch onto the surface and scratch them into the soil.
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Test the size of the planting hole prior to removing the plant from its pot.
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Remove overcrowded seedlings as they grow, eventually thinning to the spacing distance recommended on the seed packet.
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Cool season root crops, such as beets, prefer to be direct sown in spring while the weather is cool.
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Gently lower the transplant into the hole; it should sit at the same soil level it was in its pot.
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