Many factors affect whether seeds started indoors will grow to become seedlings that are strong and healthy enough to transition into the garden, survive and prosper. On this week’s encore episode, John Porter of The Garden Professors shares his non-negotiables for success when seed starting.
John is currently the urban agriculture program coordinator for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Omaha, Nebraska. He is also a contributor to The Garden Professors, a blog that advances the science behind gardening, and a host of Nebraska public television’s “Backyard Farmer.”
In this podcast, John explains what to know before buying seeds and grow lights, his best seed-starting and transplanting practices, how to defend seedlings against plant disease, and how to use compost safely with seedlings. For in-depth details on all of John’s tips from this episode, check out the show notes from the original airing.
It is an exciting time here as our team relaunches my popular joegardener Online Gardening Academy™ Master Seed Starting course. The comprehensive and engaging course covers everything you need to know to start seeds both indoors and out. You can sign up for updates so you don’t miss the short enrollment window that ends on February 2, 2021, at midnight.
In addition to the relaunch of Master Seed Starting, I’m offering the free webinar Seed Basics & Beyond: 9 Things to Know Before You Start Plants From Seed. There are both morning and afternoon opportunities to join a session of this live program, from Thursday, January 28, to Monday, February 1, 2021, but “seating” is limited. Sign up at joegardener.com/seedwebinar, or pick your preferred time from the menu below and click “REGISTER.”
If you are looking for more information on how to confidently make your own compost — as promised in this podcast episode — you can download my free resource, The Complete Guide to Home Composting. Compost is one of the best amendments for improving garden soil, and the great thing about it is you can make it for free while reducing your household’s impact on the environment. This guide includes everything you need to know to start composting effectively.
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What solutions have you found to common problems when starting seeds indoors? Let us know in the comments below.
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joegardener Online Gardening Academy™: Three popular courses on gardening fundamentals; managing pests, diseases & weeds; and seed starting.
joegardener Online Gardening Academy Master Seed Starting: Everything you need to know to start your own plants from seed — indoors and out. Enrollment closes Monday, February 2, 2021, at midnight!
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