Growing Seedlings

Ready, set, plant!


| April/May 2004


Container Gardening Essentials 

Containers may be a fallback option for those would-be gardeners who don’t have a garden, but they’re also essential tools for the dirt gardener. Unless a plant grows from seed sown in the ground (or somehow magically appears there as a volunteer) or is transplanted from elsewhere, chances are it started its life in a pot.

Propagation, particularly seed germination, is a subject dear to my heart, so let’s start with a short sales pitch for those who have never tried it. Growing new plants from seeds is satisfying on many levels. The do-it-yourself approach is far less expensive than buying potted herbs from a reputable garden center, with more variety available to you, and you can end up not just with a new plant to try, but with as many as you want and some to trade or give away. Starting with seeds can be surprisingly easy and can produce sturdy little plants that have a better start on life than those spindly herbal specimens at the corner discount store ever got. Your starts won’t have endured the hardships of wilting from neglect, struggling for light or being transported across the country.



A less tangible benefit of seed germination is the wonder of it all. After your careful attention and material support, that moist seed opens up and a cotyledon — the first leaf or pair of leaves to emerge — lifts itself up and reaches for the light. The process might make you feel like a kid again.

Let There Be Light







mother earth news fair 2018 schedule

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Next: August 4-5, 2018
Albany, OR

Sit in on dozens of practical workshops from the leading authorities on natural health, organic gardening, real food and more!

LEARN MORE









Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265