A Good Start

We've already started our seeds for the coming spring and so can you. Starting plants early inside the house gives you a big jump on Mother Nature. It is important to have a good sunny window with southern exposure or some electric grow lights. Temperature - not sunlight and water - is the most important factor in seed germination.

Thinking about containers, there are all kinds of seed-starting pots and flats for sale at nurseries and garden centers, plus you can always use milk cartons for tomatoes or egg cartons for micro-greens. Any container you use must have holes to allow for proper drainage. Moisten your soil before planting and gently water. Too much moisture will cause damping off where pathogens kill off young seedlings. As in life, all things in moderation.

Encourage your children and grandchildren to have gardens of their own if you can afford the space. Gardening is one of the most valuable skills a child can learn. Not only will they always know how to grow themselves something they can eat, they will also come to understand more about the meaning of life and about the importance of the soil to all the creatures on earth. Sit down together and page through colorful seed catalogs like Baker Creek and Botanical Interests and go seed shopping at nurseries and even grocers like Kimberton Whole Foods.

Let the children share some of the responsibility and watch them beam with pride as they have fun with unusual varieties like Red Chinese Noodle and Dragon Tongue Beans, Goldie Ground Cherries and Chocolate Bell Peppers. Keep kids interested, keep the work to a minimum and they will share a passion for the garden and fondly remember those days throughout their lifetime.

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