Vegetable Gardening

Starting Tomato Plants from Seeds

Growing tomatoes from seed has advantages over purchasing transplants at your local garden center. There is a much larger selection of varieties, especially heirlooms; seeds are considerably less expensive than plants; and it is very rewarding to nurture plants from seed to harvest. Choosing Varieties With so many varieties available, how can we possibly decide?… Continue reading Starting Tomato Plants from Seeds

Vegetable Gardening

Planting Seeds vs. Transplants – Which is better?

Seed starting time is just around the corner. Gardeners prepare by gathering seed starting supplies: Containers – some purchased; some recycled (egg cartons, take out containers, etc.) Water-holding trays to put under containers Seed starting potting mix Shelves set up with lights on adjustable chains Seeds, of course! Before we plant seeds of our favorite… Continue reading Planting Seeds vs. Transplants – Which is better?

Vegetable Gardening

Learn the language of seed catalogs.

It’s like Christmas in January for gardeners. Every day Santa, disguised as the mailman, delivers seed catalogs. They pile up by the bedside or on the coffee table. Highlighter in hand, we mark new varieties we would like to try and old favorites we can’t go a season without. Pages are dog eared; lists are… Continue reading Learn the language of seed catalogs.

Container Gardening · Vegetable Gardening

Growing potatoes is easy in planting bags.

If I could only have one food the rest of my life, it would be potatoes. I love them baked (once or twice), boiled, fried, mashed, roasted, scalloped, au gratin, the skins, in soup…you get the idea. I love potatoes. And what’s better than a potato? A freshly harvested potato! Potatoes are so easy to… Continue reading Growing potatoes is easy in planting bags.

Container Gardening · Vegetable Gardening

It’s time to plant tomato seeds.

I am more excited than ever to plant tomato seeds after spending some time last Saturday with Craig LeHoullier, author of Epic Tomatoes and Lisa Hilgenberg, horticulturist at Chicago Botanic Garden. They shared their experiences growing tomatoes with a room full of eager garden bloggers. Then, I attended his lecture at the Chicago Botanic Garden… Continue reading It’s time to plant tomato seeds.