Gardening from Seed: The Keys to Success with Flowers and Vegetables

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Growing your own plants from seed is the most rewarding, most economical way to create the garden you long for. In this comprehensive yet easy to follow handbook, the editors of Martha Stewart Living share their secrets for success:

Starting Seeds Indoors
Everything you need to begin... Simple, effective lighting... When to sow, and how many...

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Overview

Growing your own plants from seed is the most rewarding, most economical way to create the garden you long for. In this comprehensive yet easy to follow handbook, the editors of Martha Stewart Living share their secrets for success:

Starting Seeds Indoors
Everything you need to begin... Simple, effective lighting... When to sow, and how many seeds to plant... Moving seedlings outdoors...

Direct Sowing Outdoors
Dealing with frosts and hardiness zones... Timing... Getting more than one harvest... Tricks from the pros... Sower's checklists...

Garden Plans
A backyard cutting garden filled with colorful blooms... A basic kitchen garden that's productive from spring through fall...

A Glossary of Plants
More than 100 varieties of flowers, vegetables, herbs, and vines... Martha's own selections of unusual new plants and treasured heirlooms...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780609806654
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Magic of Seeds 9
Part 1 Starting Seeds Indoors
Why Bother? 13
Shopping for Seeds 15
A Seed Packet Translator 16
From Seed to Seedling 18
The Right Light 19
Containers 21
Seed-Starting Mixes 22
A Seed-Starting Worksheet 23
Sowing, Growing, and Transplanting 26
How Many Seeds Are Enough? 31
Healthy Seedlings and Hardening off 32
Seed Storage 33
Part 2 Starting Seeds in the Garden
Why Direct Sow? 35
Timing 37
Sowing Dates 40
Direct Sowing, Step by Step 42
Summer and Fall Sowings 46
Pests and Diseases 52
Part 3 Plans and Plants
What Goes Where? 55
Plan 1 The Cutting Garden
Plan 2 The Kitchen Garden
Plant Glossary 60
Annuals
Annual Vines
Herbs
Perennials, and Edibles
Index 112
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2010

    At last, a fool proof guide for starting a garden from seeds...

    I absolutely loved it. First of all, she levels with you. No fancy weird terminology. Then she starts to explain the fancy weird terminology, so you can understand what those seed packets instructions mean. She teaches you how to grow indoors, creating your own equipment, she explains how to form your own germinating mix, then she tells you which plants and when to sow them, in any region. She also tells you how many seeds, so you have the exact amount of flowers in your cutting garden, as well as for vegetable / fruit gardens. This is the ultimate pocket guide to gardening from seeds. Full of great advice, and also talks about direct sowing.

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