Once your seeds have sprouted, there are things you need to do to encourage them to grow strong and healthy. Seedlings grow best when they have plenty of light. Most of the time the light coming through the window isn’t going to be enough for your seedlings. Seedlings need a consistent source of light. An easy way to do this is to install grow lights over your seeds. You can use full spectrum T-12 bulbs (these fit a standard shop light fixture) or T-5 fluorescent bulbs. Next to light, watering is most important. Check your seedlings every day and keep the soil moist, not soggy. Don't use water that is too cold (or too hot). Fill up your watering can and let it set out overnight. That way the water will be at room temperature when you water your seedlings. Or simply install a small fan and run it 5-10 minutes twice a day. Doing these things will help your plants get ready to move out into the garden.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
If your thinking about starting seeds indoors, here are some of the things you’ll need to get your seeds started right. Begin with a basic tray. Seed starting trays are available with and without drainage holes.
You can start your seeds in individual black form pots, or biodegradable pots. They make transplanting easy.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Which tomato is right for you? The answer depends on several factors, including location, space and deciding what you want from your plant. Tomato plants need sunlight to grow well; a minimum of 7 hours. The more sunlight, the better the plant will produce. Regarding space, on the average a tomato will take up about four square feet, considering the staking involved to keep your plant upright. Next, tomatoes tend to fall into two categories, determinate and indeterminate. Determinate type tomatoes (often called bush tomatoes) grow to around 3' to 4' and then set their all at once. These tomatoes are ideal if you’re planning to do some canning or make salsa. Determinate tomato types include 'Ace' and 'Health Kick'. Another deciding factor is the choice between heirloom and hybrid tomatoes.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
We say the more you know, the better you'll grow and to help you continue to develop your gardening skills, we're offering 4 gardening classes starting Saturday, February 21.These classes cover a variety of subjects, including how to get your garden ready for spring, how to be successful growing vegetables in containers, learning about basic landscape design and growing hardy cactus and succulents. Who attends our classes?
Our classes are attended by a diverse group of beginners as well as experienced gardeners, but mainly people interested in growing their gardening knowledge and skills. You’ll certainly want to come to hear the guest speakers, but also to listen and learn from your fellow attendees, as questions are encouraged during and after class.
On Saturday February 21st at 2:00, The Flower Bin’s Michael Morris will lead a class on how to get your garden ready for spring. Michael is The Flower Bin Hardgoods Manager and he will talk about the importance of soil improvements, what amendments to use, nutrients and nutrients sources. If you have gardening questions, come to this class.
On Saturday, February 28th at 2:00, Kelly Grummons from Timberline Gardens will discuss his work growing winter hardy cacti, agaves, yucca trees and other outdoor succulents.
On Saturday, March 7th at 2:00, Deryn Davidson will lead a class on landscaping and how you can bring harmony and interest to your garden, no matter how large or small you garden is. Deryn is the Boulder County Horticulture Agent.
On Saturday March 14th at 2:00, Kim Jackson will lead a class on how to be successful growing vegetables in containers. Kim is The Flower Bin Annual House Manager and she has a wealth of knowledge and experience growing vegetables. Kim can help you figure out the right combination of vegetables and containers. These classes are free, but we ask that you register for each class. Again, it’s easy to sign up for these classes. Call us at 303-772-3454 or sign up while you’re in the store. If you have questions, ask us. We’re here to help you.