Seed Starting Time

It’s February and it’s time here in Zone 7 to start hardy annual seeds! Snapdragons, Scabiosa, Dianthus, Feverfew, Carnations, Statice and Strawflowers don’t mind a little frost and thrive in cool temperatures. I start seeds in our 70 degree basement with grow lights, a few heat mats and LED grow lights on a 16 hour timer. Each morning I check seeds for germination, growth and moisture levels.  It’s a cozy, warm environment for these sometimes tiny seeds to begin! Snapdragon seeds are very slow to get started, sometimes it takes about 2 weeks to see any growth at all! And then, like the tiny miracles they grow and bloom into these beauties! Seed starting is a wonderful winter time activity I’ve enjoyed for 25 years! To try your own, you need seeds, containers such as egg cartons, yogurt or paper cups, a sunny, south facing window, light soil mix and…

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Quiet

Wintertime quiet is a favorite time of year. I love to take long chilly walks, read, study seed catalogs and learn from seasoned professional growers. Books on my list include…

Grateful

I’m grateful for many things this season. The overwhelming response to our Paperwhite sale was a lovely surprise and thrilling to know people like to see things grow. We sold…

Fall Color

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