Flowers Seed Catalogs – A Fantastic way to take an Advance on Spring
Seedlings - New Life in Spring
Enjoy Spring to the fullest.
When you really want to enjoy spring till the last drop, then starting your garden from seed is the way to go. If you start your plants inside, you have seedlings growing when it is still too cold outside. Seeing these young plants grow is sure to take away a large chunk of the winter blues. Flipping through an on or offline flower seed catalog is a surefire way to make the period before that more enjoyable.
Besides the emotional value of starting your own seeds, practical advantages are many.
- First of all you select which seedlings you transplant and allow to mature, so you are growing only the best and strongest ones, and when the weather allows it you can transplant your annuals early and get maximum benefit there as well.
- Perhaps you're unsure of the types of flowers or vegetables you want to plant this year, get additional ideas or just want some additional information. Again, Seed catalogs are a great source for finding out which seeds are right for you. The best part is that there is an abundance of various kinds of seeds to choose form.
- Regardless of what you are looking for, you can find it in
a catalog. Whether you would like to plant annuals or perennials, find out what
kinds of flowers will work best with your soil, or learn about how much sun is
required for your garden range; a flower catalog will provide you with the
answers, and is in fact a great design tool for your spring garden.
Using seeds will save you much more money than going out and buying starter plants from a retail gardening shop. When starting your garden or adding new plants, it is best to plant seeds during winter. When they start to grow, you will have the pleasure of watching your new seedlings emerge from the soil! This is a very exhilarating experience for us gardeners.
When to Transplant Seedlings
Although not all seedlings will be ready to transplant at the same time, one thing to remember is to begin seeds about 6-8 weeks before you expect the last frost. This time will vary depending where you live. If you plant seeds too early, the stems will be weak. If you plant them too late, the seedlings will not be strong enough to transplant when you are ready to move them outside; timing is very crucial.
Remember, seedlings require special care.
Seedlings are very vulnerable to mold and fungus, usually caused by over watering or poor drainage. When planting seedlings, you should use sterile soil to make sure pathogens will not get to your plants. Additionally, you should make an extra effort to keep the soil moist, but not overly wet. When fertilizing, make sure the first set of leaves have grown, and use a water-soluble fertilizer.
Natural sunlight will be best for your seedlings, but it is very difficult to provide adequate sunlight during the winter months. Seedlings can grow healthily using artificial light in addition to natural sunlight when it is available, so do not be afraid to use artificial lighting.
Seedlings will do well with a minimum of 14 hours of light each day. If you are growing your plants near a window, be sure to rotate them to keep them upright! Young plants usually like leaning toward the light.
I think most gardeners will agree that starting at least a part of your garden from seed will make spring to an even more promising time than it already is. Flip through some seed catalogs and then just do it.