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    Supplement your seedlings with liquid fertilizer to give them the best start. Contributing editor Barbara Pleasant provides everything you know to start seeds indoors and give your food garden a great head start this season. From MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine.

    when planting your tomatoes, lay the long stem in a trough and bury it. The plant will put out more roots then for a good anchor and the plant won't be so tall and spindly.

    This is also a great idea for starting seeds as the moisture comes from the bottom, thus eliminating the fungus that kills many seedlings when you water from the top.

    How clever is this? Drill a few holes through a yard stick, and start planting!

    Mix equal parts Hydrogen Peroxide. Spray once a week or after it rains. Hydrogen peroxide both treats and further prevents pest infestation. This weaker solution will prevent damage to the leaves but is effective as a general insecticide. Hydrogen peroxide has fungicidal properties & is a possible solution to mildew and fungus

    Tips for growing squash, Place the seeds AROUND the pot. When you water, you water inthe pot so the water comes out of the drain holes around the bottom for deep root watering.

    Seed Starter Soil blocks - easy and cheap to make a lot of starters Eliot Coleman's Organic Recipe • 30 units peat • 1/8 unit lime or ½ unit wood ashes, • 20 units coarse sand or perlite • 3/4 unit organic fertilizer (equal parts blood meal, colloidal phosphate and greensand) • 10 units good garden soil • 20 units well-aged compost

    Learn how to harvest wet-seeded plants, such as tomatoes or squash, to save and replant for next year's garden. | Photo: Simon Wheeler Ltd/Garden Picture Library/Getty | thisoldhouse.com

    Do you soak your seeds before you plant? Soaking seeds before planting helps you to break down the seed’s natural defenses against what it expects from Mother Nature, which then allows it to germinate faster.

    make seedling trays out of recycled paper. Time to start getting ready

    Plant lemon seeds from your lemons! Lemon leaves smell so good. Awesome for kitchen, bathroom, or any place in the house.