iGrowHort – Learn to Grow Seeds at Home
Why grow your own plants from seed?
Growing plants from seeds is a great way to fill a garden fast, on a budget and you even get to hand pick the plants you want to grow that are often not available as young plants locally or in stores.
First, make time to shop for seeds, if you already have selected your garden plants to start from seed at home then you can skip this section…
Shop for Seeds online: There are so many seed sellers on-line it can be baffling, that’s not to mention the seed brochures that arrive each Fall in time for advance Spring orders.
Before signing up with a seller or browsing online, decided what you need to buy and the seed varieties, quantities and storage before you part with your hard earned cash. I always recommend choosing heirloom seeds whenever possible, this will influence the choice of varieties available.
Shop for seeds at the garden or box store: On occasion I have sold and purchased brand name packeted seeds from a Garden Centre or DIY store.
1: Why choosing Heirloom seeds saves time and money.
Buy Heirloom or Heritage seeds where possible as these are seeds are collected from traditional plant varieties and species. Heirloom seeds grow true to type, enabling you to gather fresh seed from parent every season, they are often disease and pest resistant. Great starter plants for the novice or the professional looking for guaranteed results that have been tried and tested through the decades.
2: Select a reliable local seed supplier or do your research when shopping online.
Having purchased seed for many years and reviewed different suppliers and online stores, I often migrate back to the same seeds stockists both for work and at home.
American Meadows – Eden Brothers – Prarie Meadows – Ernst Seeds all offer great seed mixes and single seed strains in small and large quantities for better deals. Check out my review of seed suppliers for every gardener.
3: Join a local seed sharing group and even learn how to harvest, clean and store your own seed.
If you are interested in obtaining your seeds from local growers then one of the best ways to achieve this is through facebook seed swap or social media groups. Community groups often give away surplus seeds and plants for postage fee or in-exchange for vegetable or flower seeds.
Once you have selected your seeds, it’s time to grow these seeds into vegetables, herbs and flowers!
A beginners guide to help you start growing flowers and food for success, as you can imagine this is a vast subject and if you have specific requirements I have writtten articles that will help you grow a wide range of plants.
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This guide is for beginners and professional gardeners because well, even experienced gardeners need support when it comes to raising new plants from seed!
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Growing adventures take you on a journey and will accompany you every year as you master your gardening skills as your garden grows.
Dedication to your new hobby is essential, plants rely on your attention and by setting systems in-place you can manage your outdoor space with minimal drain on your free time.
Gardening with nature is an approach to sustainability in a garden setting, making environmentally friendly choices and giving nature a helping hand to support the eco-system around you.
Uses native trees, shrubs and perennials with pops of seasonal color from annuals to achieve a wild flower haven for birds, bees and butterflies as if created by mother nature herself. As garden stewards we are responsible for re-greening the planet and the time is start is now!
Make enviromentally friendly changes and not only improve the quality of you and your families life, but also enable the life of benefical wildlife that oncde called your garden home.
Epiphany aside, we are blessed to have wildlife visit our gardens, to often I hear complaints over plant losses due to deer, rabbits and ground-hog, I am left considering grateful to have these visit my garden.
Maniciured lawns, heavily mulched beds, chemicals and poisions lingering in the air, has no-place in my garden and I vow to find natural methods to control nusicance insects in my yard, but all are welcome and come they do!
A Raccon, Box and Snapper turtles, Hairy & Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Mockingbirds, A lively Bluejay family and plentiful songbirds. Bats, Deer, Toads, Frogs, Snakes, and a groundhog .Stephen Pryce Lea