Tag: Seed Starting

On Soil Temperature and Seed Germination

The last time the soil was as warm as it is right now, this early in the season, was 2012. That year we didn’t have a proper winter at all, and I had been harvesting lettuce from the garden until well into the middle of […]

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Seed Starting 101

As of today there are ten weeks left until the average date of last frost in our area. Of the past three years there was only one where we experienced frost that late in the year — May 10, 2010 — and it was just […]

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Planning a Vegetable Garden

Garden Planner

Normally I’m all over this, but somehow the garden planning season has snuck up on me this year. I think it’s a combination of exhaustion from last year, worry about this year (have you seen the latest drought map?), and just a plain old lack of pressure — the latter of the three, let me tell you, I’m not complaining about. Not at all.

This will be the first year in a few that we have not sold either CSA shares or individual amounts of produce from our garden. And, you know, I’m not even saying there won’t be any produce for sale. I’m just saying if there’s not, no one will care. And that’s more than a bit freeing. (more…)

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On Germination

I find there are two ways in which things will normally go for new gardeners. Either you have tremendous beginners luck, or you don’t. In the latter, you suffer for all your mistakes right from the get-go and are forced, very early on, to become […]

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