STOW: Week 7

If you decide a heating mat is the way to go for your seed starting adventures, don’t skimp or try to find a cheap alternative! I’m all for finding cheaper methods, but heating mats are specifically designed to be on for long stretches of time, 

STOW: Week 6

Seeds need warm soil to germinate properly – generally between 18°C and 23°C (65F-75F) is optimal for most seeds, but some require warmer temperatures, like peppers. Start seeds in a warm room with good air circulation, and if a seedling requires a little extra heat, 

STOW: Week 5

Don’t feed your seedlings until the second set of true leaves appear! Too much fertilizer on too young seeds will burn and kill them. When they get their second set of true leaves, dilute fertilizer by half and water as normal.

STOW: Week 4

We’re back in action with the seed tip of the week. Check back every Sunday for a new tip! Think coir (or coconut husk) instead of peat for seed starting. Coir is more environmentally sustainable, contains trace nutrients (as where peat does not), has a 

STOW: Week 3

Did you know that you can readily request seeds from most government-run seed banks? Canada and the US in particular will ship outside their borders, and as long as it doesn’t violate any laws within your country. Read the how-to I created for the 

STOW: Week 2

When bringing in to store or eat dry crops (like peas, beans, or grains) put them in the fridge for a week, the freezer for another week, then, back in the fridge for a week before you let them sit on the shelf at room