1. Soilless Medium

Asked by Anonymous - July 19, 2011

I am new to gardening in a greenhouse and I would like to start lettuce and tomatoes in a soilless medium but I really don’t understand what a soilless medium is or how to go about making the soilless medium.


2. Seeds From Plants

Asked by Anonymous - July 21, 2011

When a seed pod on the stem from a living plant (not yet dried out, that is the plant!) is taken and dried out, are these seeds able to produce seedlings/plants? Or do I need to wait until the plant is completely dried out (dead) from these seeds to produce?


3. What Is the Warmest the Soil Can Be for Seeds

Asked by bevt - July 26, 2011

What is the warmest the soil can be for seeds?

  • Normally the soil temperature should be about 60 degrees F, before planting seeds. Luffas squash will germinate and grow at soil temps of up to 95 degrees. Most seed does better germinating at between 60 and 80 degrees. A lot of this depends on the type of seed you are planting.

4. Seeds for Sprouts This Winter

Asked by hotpaul444 - August 13, 2011

Is it too late to put seeds in for sprouts this winter?


5. Seeds Too Old?

Asked by Anonymous - August 13, 2011

I planted my garden for the third year with the same seeds bought 2 or 3 years ago. Every single seed I planted, bi-colored corn, green beans, snow peas, cucumbers and green onion was the same as the 2 previous years with one exception. I added a fertilizer/weed killer to the soil. I was expecting a good year since this was the third year of planting. To my surprise, not one single seed sprouted. Were they too old? I’ve never seen anything like it before. Please help.

  • If you have older seeds lying around, it is entirely possible that they have lost some of their viability. As seeds age, the likelihood that they will germinate decreases. However, you can test the viability of seeds in one of two ways:

    Slightly dampen a paper towel and place the sample seeds on it. Fold the barely damp paper towel it in half over the seeds. Enclose in plastic wrap or place inside a sealed plastic bag so it will stay damp. Label the package with seed name and date. Set the package in a relatively warm place (70 to 75 degrees) such as the top of your refrigerator or on a high shelf. Do not put it in direct sun. OR you can simply float them in water. If they sink, they’re still good and if they float, toss them.

    Here is an article that you may find helpful: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/seeds/planting-old-seeds.htm

6. Seeds

Asked by Anonymous - August 26, 2011

I have a lot of seeds, mostly flower ones. Should I plant them in fall or wait till spring? Will they be ok or are they too old to grow?


7. Planting Seed Tips

Asked by Anonymous - September 15, 2011

What is the correct way to plant a peach seed? I’m in east Tenn.

  • Plant them as you would any seed. Usually, these are planted in fall about 3 to 4 inches deep and lightly covered with straw mulch (to insulate those planted outdoors). Simply dig the hole and drop the peach pit in. There’s no certain direction, the roots and top growth know which way to go. Give it some water and cntinue giving it occasional waterings throughout winter. By spring, it should begin to sprout.

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