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.
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
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
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.