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Seed starting

Time to start thinking about spring

Posted by David Epstein January 31, 2014 08:44 AM

This is the first entry of a new blog called Growing Wisdom. I will be writing about nearly anything connected to horticulture and growing. I will also be exploring ways to create habitats for everything from bees to birds to butterflies. I hope to answer many of your questions here, so if you have a topic you would like me to cover, please let me know. I want this blog to be helpful to you with any of your planting projects and all things green.

While there is snow in the forecast for next week it's not too early to be thinking about spring. This time of the year there are lots of activities you can be doing to get ready for the warmer weather.

Yesterday, I ordered new blades for my Felco and ARS pruners. I think these are two of the best companies out there if you are looking to buy a pair of pruners. They aren't inexpensive, but they cut so perfectly, it makes working in the garden much easier.

This is also a good time to start setting up your seed trays. If you start plants in the house, your soil might be outside in the garage. Bring it in to warm it up to room temperature and then get your trays filled with soil.

Make sure you use a seed starting mix. There are various mixes out there, but using conventional potting soil won't work nearly as well. Seed starting mixes are lighter and help the seeds to not rot.

You can start your leeks, mache, spinach and celery this time of year. I will then move these plants into my cold frame in about 4-6 weeks. The leeks, onions and celery take a long time to grow to you need not worry they will be too big. If you your last day of frost is after the 15th of May, wait a week or two longer before beginning this project.

February is also the month your indoor plants will start to grow faster. I recommend giving the pots a tablespoon of an organic slow release fertilizer. Look for something with mycorrhizae in the mix. You can also use some liquid fertilizer again at 1/4 strength. In the period of November through January I don't feed my plants.


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David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturist for three decades. David spent 16 years at WCVB in Boston and now freelances for WGME in Portland, Maine. In 2006, More »

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