How To Start Seeds Inside?
Starting your own seeds indoors can be an enjoyable way to start the gardening season early. Whether it’s flowers or vegetables you want to grow yourself , make sure and check the seeds package to give you an idea of when to plant. For instance , vegetables have different projected harvest times, therefore different planting times.
Purchasing your seeds
There are many sources from which you can purchase seeds. Hardware stores, Grocery stores , Local Garden Centers and Greenhouses ,and from any of the many seed catalogs, just to name a few. You can buy organic , heirloom , new hybrids , old favorites , there is so much to choose from. Any left over seeds can be saved until next years, just store them in a cool , dry , place. The refrigerator is a good place.
Planting your seeds
Here at Watch Us Grow recommend using the plastic flats with the single cells for each plant when growing from seed, this will eliminate the chances of injury to the seedlings that may occur if grown all together in a flat. Because you will have to separate them later for placement in a larger pot.
You should use commercial seed – starting mix, this will work well for germinating seeds, very lightweight and free of weed seed. Always water the mix before you plant your seed, the mix will sink down in the cells. Fill them back up to the top and water again, once the cells are full, then plant your seeds.
Watch them grow
When growing from seed, you will need to find the right place for growing your seeds, window sills are not a good place to do this. They can get to cold for seeds to germinate. Find a place that is free of drafts and traffic, it’s a good idea to have some sort of underneath heat , you can purchase heating mats from some of the many seed catalogs you may recieve or go to your local Garden Center. Seedlings do well under fluorescent lights, or you can use so called grow lights. But regular cool white bulbs are sufficient. Have your lighting no more than 4 inches above your plants.
Your seedlings will need 12 to 16 hours of light per day. Lack of light is the main reason plants become stringy or leggy. But it is a good idea to setup your lights on a timer, the plants do need some darkness to develop properly.
Water and feed
You will want to keep the potting mix moist at all times, the best way to do this is with a spray bottle, just mist the cells. Seedlings draw energy for germination from the nutrients stored in the seed therefore no feeding is needed until the seedlings have several leaves on them. Then we recommend you use “Watch Us Grow” all purpose liquid plant food at a rate of 1/2 tblsp per gallon of water.
Mist the foliage with your spray bottle. repeat every 14 days.
When your plants outgrow their cells you will want to transplant them to a larger pot, be careful with seedling
it is still very delicate.
The next step takes place approximately 2 weeks before planting in the garden. It’s called “hardening off” there are a couple of different ways this can be done. You can bring your plants outside for a couple of hours at a time or put them in a cold frame.
After they are accustom to the outdoors it’s time to plant them in the garden, remember to water them in with a solution of “Watch Us Grow” all purpose liquid plant food , 1 ounce per gallon of water. Then foliar feed them the same solution every 10 to 14 days throughout the growing season.
Thank You to all of our gardener friends and we really appreciate your support. Please contact us anytime with any questions about growing from seed or how to start seeds indoors, The Watch Us Grow Team
Lets face facts , if we had to raise our own food to survive most people would not make it.
This is a very real possibility – with the technology of patenting seeds called Genetic Engineering (GE). This technology is imperfect at best,it’s cell invasion that transfers selected traits of one specie to the engineered specie. This can result in a plant that will resist some of the common problems some crops have. But in natures complex world, such manipulation of genes and cells can cause major problems.
For example some of the GE seeds have genes from pesticides in them , causing the plant to behave like a pesticide. These muti national corporations with their bought and paid for Governments and regulators expect us to eat the GE foods produced from these seeds. They of course have obtained approval for human consumtion by saying that their GE foods and fibers are “substantially equivalent” to the heirloom types , but in the same breath also say that their products are “quite different” and should have patent protection.
Wait a minute ,- who invented the first seeds which they are messing with. Oh yeah -… Mother Nature! They ( the mutinational corporations) need to wake up , don’t be messing’ with Mother Nature, she has a way of always coming out on top.
The worlds Farmers are the ones that have developed the best hybrids , over many years of testing and trials. Natural hybridization is the natural genetic modification of seeds , this practice has gone on for thousands of years. But when the mutinational corporations came on the scene they used agricultural scientist to gain the trust of the farmers, who in turn helped them promote their GM (genetically modified) seeds.
Actually got them to believe that the GM seeds were better than their own. The typical farmer wants to boost his yield because he believes it leads to more income,and this is exactly what the mutinationals want them to believe ,this is not the truth . If all farms had bumper crops consistently the prices crash and no one suffers worse than the farmer. Farmers who understand the market and consumer behavior make money.
Many of the GM seeds that promised greater yields have failed to perform, but have been successful in contaminating
exsisting farmland and the environment. The use of these GM seeds is possibly the largest uncontrolled biological experiment ever released into the open environment.The mutinationals don’t know the long term affects of the continued use of the GM’s nor do I believe they care.
Biological pollution replicates itself in the environment, and it will intensify with time. At this time we know of no way to reverse this, but we do know some of the consequences of continued use of these GM seeds.
One extremely alarming fact is (CCD)Colony Collapse Disorder, 70% to 90% of bee colonies disappeared in two states in the United States where GM’s were extensively used. A study by German scientists found traces of genes from the GM’s in the gut lining of baby bees, and believe that the GM’s are responsible for the CCD.
Albert Einstein once said that without the honey bee man would not survive for more than 4 years. Of all the multinationals none of them compete with each other, for instance Monsanto has control of canola, soybean and vegetable seeds. They also have 25% to 30% of cucumber , potato and tomato seeds.
Here’s a surprise-not , the USDA is in bed with Monsanto, owning stock in a company that Monsanto succesfully took over. I guess this is just a fact of life, man is out to destroy this planet ,all for the cash.
Thank You to all of our gardener friends and we really appreciate your support. Please contact us anytime with any questions, The Watch Us Grow Team
By: Watch Us Grow All Purpose Plant Food
Most gardeners either professional or novice are aware of most of the different plant foods available to them. But many are not aware of one particular All Purpose Plant Food that has been around since 1952.
This Liquid All Purpose Plant Food has been tested for many years by growers of all types. Follett’s” Watch Us Grow” is the name of this product, which has remained a secret to most, but a great discovery by it’s loyal users.
In order to get the word out about this outstanding product we are offering a sample for $1.00 to try while supply lasts.
Apply it as a Foliar Feed (feed through the leaves)or apply directly to the soil in potted plants. We challenge you to test it against any other Plant Food . You will be pleasantly surprised by the results that you will see from using Watch Us Grow.
Your neighbors and friends will ask, what are you using on your plants? They look so full and vibrant.
For your sample go to www.watchusgrow.com. Limit 1 sample per customer . You may also obtain a Free copy of the Watch Us Grow instruction guide.
By: Watch Us Grow All Purpose Plant Food
The new year is here and it often inspires us to make resolutions. We here at Watch Us Grow All Purpose Plant Food suggest Gardening, whether it be Vegetable Gardening , Flower Gardening or whatever interests you, it may be the most rewarding resolution you have ever made.
Did you know that the National Gardening Association estimated that 19 percent more people grew veggies in 2009 than in 2008?
Knowing exactly why this is may not be that difficult for many of us to understand. There is just something very satisfying about planting,caring for,and then harvesting your own food.
For those of you that have made this resolution for 2010, we will offer some simple tips to help you be successful.
First, it’s not a bad idea to start small in your first year, this will help keep you from becoming overwhelmed with tasks like weeding .You can expand your gardens as you become more experienced and confident. Choose the location of your garden, be mindful that it should receive at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day, this will give your plants enough to grow to their full potential. Also make sure the spot you choose has good drainage, you don’t want to be sitting in a pool of water after a rain. You want a soil that will drain nicely, any chance you get add composted material.
Next you will want to choose what to grow, choose what you like to eat.
The following is a short list of veggies that are easy to grow.
GREEN BEANS- bush type or climbers use some type of trellis for the climbers.
TOMATOES- to many types to list. Talk to your local Garden Center folks , they will be happy to assist you in choosing the variety that will work best for you.
CUCUMBERS- again ask your local Garden Center folks.
SALAD GREENS (Swiss Chard, Lettuce, endive, watercress)
All of the veggies you choose for your garden will need to be fed throughout the growing season, foliar feeding (feeding through the leaves) is by far the most efficient way to supply your plants with the nutrients they need to grow to their full potential. Watch Us Grow All Purpose Liquid Plant Food is the product that will give your plants all they need.
Go to www.watchusgrow.com and get a free copy of our Instruction Guide .
By: Watch Us Grow
Tomatoes are considered by many as a must have in your garden, besides being delicious they have many uses once harvested. My favorite is to grab the salt shaker and eat them like an apple. Canned tomatoes, tomato sauce , salsa the list goes on and on.
But we are writing about how to grow that wonderful fruit, and it’s easy with the assistance of our” Watch Us Grow” natural all purpose liquid plant food.
First , are you going to start your own plants or buy them from your favorite local greenhouse or garden center?
If your starting your own the one thing to remember is to start them at the right time, do this 6 to 8 weeks before the frost free date, after planting be sure to water them in with a solution of 1 tablespoon per gallon of water of Watch Us Grow natural all purpose liquid plant food.
Then give them as much light as possible either a south facing window or if you have the room use grow lights, and have them lit for at least 12 hours a day and keep the lights as close to the plants as possible without touching them.
Or like many gardeners do patronize your local Greenhouse or Garden Center, they will have many different varieties to choose from. You need to know ahead of time what variety will work best for you, if you have ample space in your garden you may want to select a indeterminate variety ( these will grow as big as you let them) or if you do not have much space or are doing container gardening you will want to choose a determinate variety ( these only grow to a height of 2 to 3 feet )
Both are good and will produce many tomatoes if you take the time to care for them properly throughout the growing season.
Next, now we are ready to plant, dig your hole, and then we suggest putting some composted material at the bottom of the hole. Set the tomato in the hole and cover it up to the first set of leaves. Tomatoes will grow roots the whole length of the stem therefore making the plant stronger .
Make sure you give your plants ample room to grow, they will need about one to one and one half feet between them , this provides room for plenty of air movement through and around the plants. Which is needed to help ward off some of the many possible problems you can have by planting to close together.
Once the plants are established you should mulch around them, there are many different materials you can use (commercial plastic, landscape fabric, grass clippings) these are just some of them, we recommend straw, lay it down several inches thick all around the plant , as you should do with any compostible material you may use. This is done for a couple reasons , to keep weeds down , to keep the soil temperature more constant , keep the water loss at a minimum , and keep the fruit clean.
Now the most important step you need to take in order to have a bountiful harvest is water and feeding. Tomatoes do best when kept at a constant moisture level , don’t let them dry out.
And they will grow and thrive to their potential when fed with a well balanced food . Your answer to this is Watch Us Grow natural all purpose liquid plant food.
1 ounce per gallon of water every 2 weeks from time of planting till you see flowers , skip a feeding and then go right back to 1 ounce per gallon of water every 2 weeks .
You will be amazed at the amount and size of tomatoes you will be harvesting. Now go grow some tomatoes.