Soil Temperature: The Best Way to Know That It’s Time to Plant

It's spring, but is it time to plant? Using a thermometer to take soil temperature is the best way to know.

It’s spring! But is it time to plant? One of the most accurate ways to determine spring planting time is soil temperature – not air temperature, or even the calendar. Early morning is the best time to monitor your soil’s temperature. The soil may warm later in the day, but you need to know the coldest temperature your seeds will experience. Planting seeds in soil that is too cold will prevent sprouting, and your seeds may rot.Continue Reading

Make Your Own Seed Tape

Make Your Own Seed Tape to make planting small seeds a breeze!

What is Seed Tape?

Seed tape is a great product for planting that has seeds embedded right into it. It’s perfect for planting tiny seeds like carrot that are difficult to space in the garden. The “tape” is made of bio-degradable paper which is planted directly into your garden. I love using seed tape, although it tends to be pricey. But you can make your own seed tape for a fraction of the cost of pre-made tape.Continue Reading

Give Your Plants a Head Start by Pre-Sprouting Seeds

Give Your Plants a Head Start by Pre-Sprouting Seeds

Pre-Sprouting Seeds

Northern gardeners are getting excited. It’s still¬†cold out there but you can just feel that spring is coming. The days are getting longer and birds are singing. The seed packets have arrived and garden plans are in the works!

I’ll be starting some of my seeds indoors in the next few weeks – plants like tomatoes and peppers, okra and broccoli. These plants have a long growing season and would never produce fruit if started outdoors here in the north. They need the extra time to grow that starting indoors provides.

Other seeds like peas and lettuce, carrots and beans can be sown directly into the garden. While it’s not a necessity, pre-sprouting seeds is another way to give your plants a head start.Continue Reading