Garden time : Planting Seeds

This Tuesday it’s all about Seeds and some fun things to do with the kids ; In Louisiana the weather is warming up and time to start seeds for the coming garden season.

Keep it Simple

Growing plants from seed is a great way to start gardening earlier in the season. With the right light and some simple equipment, it’s easy to grow from seed to harvest.

Easiest Flower Seeds To Start Indoors

  • Marigold – One of my all-time favorite flowersmarigolds are super easy seeds to grow indoors. …
  • Castor bean – Castor bean seeds can be a bit fussy, so it’s much easier to start them indoors.
  • tomato
  • carrots

Get the timing right

The goal with seed starting is to have your seedlings ready to go outside when the weather is favorable. Start by looking at the seed packet, which should tell you when to start seeds inside. Usually, it will say something like, “Plant inside six to eight weeks before last frost.”

Find the right containers

You can start seeds in almost any type of container, as long as it’s at least 2-3″ deep and has some drainage holes. If you are the DIY type, you might want to grow seedlings in yogurt cups, milk cartons or paper cups.

Find the right containers

You can start seeds in almost any type of container, as long as it’s at least 2-3″ deep and has some drainage holes. If you are the DIY type, you might want to grow seedlings in yogurt cups, milk cartons or paper cups Some great craft ideas below. Lisa

Start Planting

Check the seed packet to see how deep you should plant your seeds. Some of the small ones can be sprinkled right on the soil surface. Larger seeds will need to be buried.

Water, feed, repeat

As the seedlings grow, use a mister or a small watering can to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Let the soil dry slightly between watering’s

Move seedlings outdoors gradually

It’s not a good idea to move your seedlings directly from the protected environment of your home into the garden. You’ve been coddling these seedlings for weeks, so they need a gradual transition to the great outdoors.

Light, light, light!

Seedlings need a lot of light. If you’re growing in a window, choose a south-facing exposure. Rotate the pots regularly to keep plants from leaning into the light. If seedlings don’t get enough light, they will be leggy and weak

Seed Starter Crafts:

Roll Newspaper

Immerse rectangles of newspaper, sized to wrap around a small jar, in a pan of water until moistened. Roll the softened paper around the jar. Extend the bottom edge of the paper enough to enfold the pot’s bottom. Crimp and press the paper around the bottom of the jar. Flatten the bottom by pressing it on a flat surface. Carefully slide the paper pot off the jar, and set it aside to dry overnight.Stand pots in a watertight pan. Fill them with moistened  seed starting mix. Plant seeds according to directions on their seed packet.

What can I plant now in Louisiana?

May: Excellent hot-weather vegetables that can be planted now include amaranth, cantaloupe, cucuzzi, cushaw, eggplant, Malabar spinach, edible soybean, peanuts, pumpkin, Southern peas, hot peppers, lima beans, luffa gourd, mirliton, okra, sweet potato, watermelon and yard-long beans.

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