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193-Digging Deeper into Seed Starting with Garden Professor John Porter-Encore Presentation

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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 […]

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192-Start Seeds Indoors Successfully-Encore Presentation

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Indoor seed starting time is nearly upon us, and whether you are starting seeds yourself for the first time in 2021 or you have prior experience, I’m certain you’ll find my discussion with tomato growing expert Craig LeHoullier enlightening. In this encore presentation, Craig and I share tips and tricks to successfully start seeds indoors. […]

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How to Start Beet Seeds in Containers for Better Results

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Not only is it possible to start beet seeds in containers — it can also lead to better results. In this video, I show you how I do it and explain why it’s the easier way.      Beets are one of those crops that you always hear must be direct-sown into the garden. […]

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How to Plant Seeds for Indoor Seed-Starting

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Starting seeds indoors is a great way to get a jump on the growing season, save a ton of money, and grow out varieties that you normally can’t find in a nursery. In this video, I share the basics of indoor seed starting to easily and successfully sow seeds.       Seeds can be […]

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187-The Informed Seed Shopper: What to Know Before You Buy

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Before placing your order online or filling out a seed catalog order form, be sure you are making the best buying decisions. In this week’s episode, I’m sharing tips to help make you a more informed seed shopper.  Below, I explain what to do before you start, how to process the plethora of seed catalogs […]

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How to Know if Seeds Are Still Good

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There is an easy way to tell if the seeds inside an old seed pack are still good — before going through the time and trouble of planting the seeds in the garden to find out. In this video, I’ll show you how to check seeds for viability and test their germination rate.    […]

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Seed Germination – Easy Tricks for More Success

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Starting seeds indoors is a fun activity that helps you make the most of a short gardening season, but some seeds are harder to germinate than others. In this video, I share tips and tricks for seed germination success.      Outdoors, Mother Nature does a great job of breaking through the seed coat […]

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The Best Soil Temperature for Seed Germination

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The anticipation and excitement that come from sowing seeds for a favorite flower or vegetable can lead to disappointment weeks later when many, if not all, of those seeds have failed to germinate. While many factors affect germination — from the age and quality of the seed to the depth of planting — the most […]

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039-How-to Start Seeds Indoors: Digging Deeper, Pt. 3

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Welcome to Part Three of Starting Seeds Indoors: The Non-Negotiables for Success series. Hopefully, you have already enjoyed Part One and Part Two , during which we spoke with Craig LeHoullier to learn the seed-starting techniques he has developed during the past 20-plus years. Parts One and Two provided lots of basic (and in-depth) information on seed […]

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038-How to Start Seeds Indoors: The Non-Negotiables for Success, Pt. 2

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In this podcast, we continue our seed starting discussion with guest Craig LeHoullier. In Part One of the Starting Seeds Indoors: The Non-Negotiables for Success series, we brought the seeds from initial planting through germination. We also touched on how to harden off seedlings as well as methods for providing moisture and light. At this point […]

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037-Starting Seeds Indoors: The Non-Negotiables for Success, Pt. 1

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Have you considered starting plants like tomatoes, eggplants, lettuce, and herbs from seed but worried that it was too hard and that you would kill them before they even get started?  According to Craig LeHoullier, a frequent podcast guest, and joe gardener® blog team contributor, you’re not alone; but don’t let this hold you back […]

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