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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.

Amazing Mini Hydroponic System!

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

from lemon seeds, save your seeds!

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.

I usually wait and buy most of my plants in May because I never know when to start my seeds indoors. This handy little chart lets you know when to start seeds indoors as well as when to plant outdoors.

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

Seedlings in egg cartons. This makes way more sense than just opening them the regular way.

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