Garden Greening

by on February 26, 2012

Ready, Set, Plant

Spring is coming—really!—and it’s time to get some seeds planted. Even if you have a tried-and-true way of tackling this garden task, it’s always fun to experiment with something new.This season, we’re excited about two new products that help make seed-starting easier and faster. Check them out.
Just Add Seeds Just Add Seeds
After four years of research, the Fast Start Seedstarter Kit is now available to home gardeners. Each one includes all of the essentials: a biodegradable, cornstarch-based planting tray; a reusable plastic reservoir; a dome; a capillary mat; planting mix; markers; and fertilizer. All you have to add is the seeds!
Lay It Out Lay It Out
Ever wish you could have an instant vegetable garden? Now you can. Each package of the Vegetable Garden Seed Mats contains four garden-ready mats. Just bury them in your bed, add water, and soon you’ll be tending and harvesting Beefsteak tomatoes, Paris carrots, May Queen lettuce, and Gaudry radishes. 


Start Seeds the Easy Way

Easy Seeder Do your vegetable gardens look like they were planted by a drunken sailor? Honestly, it can be pretty challenging to plant the kind of neat, orderly rows you see in the beds of experienced gardeners.

That’s why the Easy Seeder is so appealing. This gardener-friendly planting aid makes it a snap to sow all types of crops in a straight row. Corn, beets, beans, peas, radish, carrots, onions, lettuce—plant whatever you like!

Just make a furrow in your garden, place the guide on the ground, and slide seeds down it until they drop into the perfectly spaced holes. Remove the guide so you can gently cover the seeds with soil, and you’re done. Guides come in both 11- and 23-inch sizes.



Get a Jumpstart on Your Garden

Walking on Sunshine rose It’s planting time! While it’s tough right now to remember the crunch of just-harvested carrots or the delicious aroma of sweet alyssum, it’s prime time to start seeds for this year’s garden. Come spring, you’ll have a jumpstart on your favorite vegetables and annuals.

Here are several ways to grow seeds indoors. Choose the method that best suits your needs.

Containers from home Sow seeds in plastic cups, margarine tubs, or yogurt cups with holes punched in the bottoms to drain excess moisture. Put containers on a waterproof tray. Cover with plastic wrap and keep out of direct sun until seeds germinate.

Peat pellets Drop compressed pellets into warm water until they expand. Plant seeds in the expanded pellets and place in a tray with a plastic dome. When seedlings emerge, remove the plastic dome. As seedlings and roots mature, plant pellets in a pot or in the ground.

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