1. How Do I Sow Very Small Seeds

Asked by lbssilex - April 22, 2012

When I plant small seeds, I can’t separate them as they keep bunging up.


2. How Do I Know When the Soil Temperature Is 65 Degrees?

Asked by midwifelisal@yahoo.com - May 1, 2012

My seed directions say to plant when the soil temp is 65 degrees.

  • Technically, they expect you to go out there and use a probe thermometer. But most gardeners don’t have those hanging around the garden shed. :)

    An easier method is to simply stick your hand in the soil. If you can keep it comfortably down in the soil for a full minute, the soil is 60-65F. If you can’t, it is colder than that.

3. Soil Is Too Cold, Can We Warm It Up to Help Germinate Seeds?

Asked by bjpluslj - May 12, 2012

I think we planted our garden too soon, because the soil seems cool. If we place black landscape fabric over the seeded areas, will this help to germinate the seeds? How long should we leave it on?


4. What’s the Best Kinda Seeds Package Should I Get to Plant?

Asked by Marie720 - May 15, 2012

I’m ready to start planting and want to know. Who has the best seeds package.

  • There isn’t really one “best” company to buy seed from, but you can narrow your decision with some knowledge of what you are looking for a a seed company.

    All seed companies must guarantee a minimum germination rate and be certified that their seeds are disease free.

    Beyond that, there are seed companies that specialize in heirloom, non-GMO, hybrids as well as different plant species.

    For myself, I buy from Burpee, Baker’s Creek, Tomatofest, and Seed Saver’s Exchange. These are just a few of the high quality companies out there that you can buy seeds from.

5. What’s the Best Way to Germinate a Seed

6. How Many Seeds?

Asked by Sweetnut1 - July 17, 2012

Your instructions say how deep to plant, but not how many seeds to put in each one. Please help.

  • As a general rule of thumb: three. This allows for the possibility of at least one not germinating or being eaten (by birds, etc.). Once they come up and reach about 6 inches height, you can thin it down to the strongest plant (or two).

7. Vine Seeds

Asked by Coca - August 15, 2012

I have vines, which now have seeds. Are the vine seeds ready to be spread as soon as they form, or do they have to ripen before they will grow? If they have to ripen, how can I tell when they are ripe? Thank you.

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