What do I do if I have a seed packet that doesn’t say when I should start the seeds indoors?
Do the descriptions in seed catalogs have you confused?
Virtues: We love piggyback plants for their lush, fuzzy, vibrant green leaves that captivate onlookers with their ability to grow new plantlets where the leaves attach to their stems. These new little plants “piggyback” on top of the foliage.
A good seed packet should give you much of the info you need to know to grow that plant. Here’s what to look for, and why:
Learn how to construct a cold frame and also how to convert the cold frame into a heated hotbed in this video from Tricia at Peaceful Valley.
Division is one of the easiest ways to propagate perennials. It’s also a life-saving measure for some plants that need to be divided periodically for the health of the plant. (Irises, coreopses and Shasta daisies will eventually die if they’re … Read Article
Although peonies may be divided right after they bloom in early summer, many gardeners prefer to take on this task in the fall. The Flower Gardener’s Bible, by Lewis Hill and Nancy Hill, explains how to divide them in four … Read Article
Last summer I cut a few seedheads off the lupin plants in front of the island cottage in Maine. I collected the seeds and took them home with me. Lupin seeds have a hard shell so it’s important to soak … Read Article
Here are two tricks to remember when transplanting seedlings in biodegradable pots. Read Article
Here’s a tip for when you’re preparing seedlings to brave the great outdoors. Read Article
So far this year my daughter and I have sowed seeds (indoors) of Johnny jump ups (Viola ‘Helen Mount’), black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata ‘Spanish Eyes Mix’; shown), French marigolds (Tagetes patula ‘Sparky Mix’) and nasturtiums (Tropaeolum nanum ‘Jewel Mix’).