Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Starting Seeds with Stamina

Marie pleaded for help. “My lettuce seedlings look like skinny sprouts instead of sturdy tough plants.”

Who wants to grow skinny, floppy, bunny-eared plants when they can grow stocky bulldog strong plants for the garden this spring? If you haven’t grown vegetables from seed before, here are some tips from the pros!

He (Steven) said: Every year I reuse packs in which old annual bedding plants are sold. I don’t want to fork out money for special seedling trays. And when I run out of those leftover trays I’ll start scavenging the recycling bin. I have even used toilet paper rolls.

She (Donna) said: Personally, I am not starting seed in toilet paper rolls. Clean, individual seeding trays with section dividers prevent damping off disease. Good light – from a proper fixture- combined with cool breezy air stops plants from becoming floppy.

Approximate time to start veggies indoors in Alberta:
March 15-20 Tomatoes and Peppers
April 15-20- Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce
May 5-10- Squash such as Zucchini, pumpkins and butternut.

Want to know more about starting seeds indoors this spring? How to get tough and sturdy plants ready before you plant them outside? Start the seeds at the right time in the right conditions for best success.

Participate in Seedy Saturday programs:

Seedy Saturday Calgary
March 17, 2012

Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Centre
1320 - 5 Avenue N.W.
Hours: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

 (Donna Balzer speaks at 11:30 AM).

Seedy Sunday Edmonton
March 18, 2012 
Alberta Avenue Community Centre
9210 118 Ave NW
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For further information check out No Guff Vegetable Gardening, now a National best seller.

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