True Leaf Market Blog: Knowledge Center

Saying Goodbye to Summer:  Vine-Ripening, Early Winters, and Canning

Saying Goodbye to Summer: Vine-Ripening, Early Winters, and Canning 0

Fall is less than two weeks away and––if your garden is anything like mine, half of it is over and waiting for cover crop season and the other half is still spitting out its best stuff. Green peas, artichokes, fava beans, and many ornamentals have been long since spent, yet many late season performers such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons, and berries don’t seem to be slowing anytime soon. Although you may be anxious to get your summer garden completely harvested and cleaned up for winter cover crops, one of the worst mistakes we can make as home gardeners is...

  • David Bernal
The Father of the Modern Brassica: Dr. Jack Brown and his Mighty Mustard® Cover Crop

The Father of the Modern Brassica: Dr. Jack Brown and his Mighty Mustard® Cover Crop 7

Over the past 40 years, True Leaf Market has had the privilege of sharing some very special heirloom and non-GMO varieties with you from all over the world. Many of these cultivars were grown and developed by the most passionate growers, breeders, and researchers throughout the centuries. We would like to take a moment to highlight an extraordinary individual who has made unparalleled contributions to our understanding of oilseed Brassica cover crops, foraging crops, and sustainable mustard biodiesels. For more than 30 years, the University of Idaho’s Dr. Jack Brown has been the preeminent grower and researcher of the benefits...

  • David Bernal
What Are Cover Crops?

What Are Cover Crops? 3

Download Your Free Cover Crop Growing Guide Cover crops are seeds that are planted en masse for several reasons that benefit the soil and/or the local environment. Most often cover crops are grown by farmers in rotation with their cash crops to protect and rejuvenate the soil, a practice that goes back centuries. Evidence of cover crop use can be found in different times and places throughout history: The Native Americans had a system of agriculture called “The Three Sisters” that utilized cover crop properties of beans, squash, and corn by planting them together, cycling nutrients through the soil, creating...

  • Jordan Freytag
Microgreens – More Nutritious Than Mature Vegetables and Herbs?

Microgreens – More Nutritious Than Mature Vegetables and Herbs? 3

In the past few years, there has been optimistic research into determining whether microgreens are more nutritionally dense per calorie than that of fully matured vegetables, fruits, and herbs. The 2012 article “Assessment of Vitamin and Carotenoid Concentrations of Emerging Food Products: Edible Microgreens” published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers Dr. Qin Wang of the University of Maryland and Gene Lester of the USDA conclude that microgreens contain up to 4-40x more raw nutrients than their fully matured counterparts. Although research of microgreens has only begun, there are already some contrasting studies showing minimal differences in...

  • Zach Pope
Year-Round Companion Planting for Organic, Pesticide-Free Gardening

Year-Round Companion Planting for Organic, Pesticide-Free Gardening 3

Just as we understand in the animal kingdom how different, unrelated species will mutually benefit one another, whether intentionally or not, so too does the plant kingdom experience the same caliber of harmony and symbiosis (mutual benefit). Herbs, fruits, grains, vegetables, and ornamental flowers offer a wide variety of benefits to surrounding plants both above soil (pest control, disease, pollination, and physical support) while amending soil nutrition and tilth to deter soil-borne diseases, insects, and weeds, while boosting flavor and yields. Also known as intercropping among professional growers and greenhouses, companion planting is the purposeful cultivation of mutually beneficial (symbiotic)...

  • David Bernal
Introducing the True Leaf Market Herb Growing Guide!

Introducing the True Leaf Market Herb Growing Guide! 0

This pocket-sized herb garden booklet includes the facts and growing information about your favorite herbs and ones you may have not even known about! Beginning the booklet is an overall guide to herb gardening followed by individual herb pages that will help you to become an herb gardening expert very quickly. We are so proud of this handy guide that we've decided to give it away completely free. If you would like a PDF version, we've made it easy to download. Become a Herb Gardening Expert in No Time! Visit the Herb Growing Guide Page to download your free PDF!...

  • Jordan Freytag
Summer Garden Photo Contest Winners!

Summer Garden Photo Contest Winners! 6

First, we want to thank all of you who entered the contest. We were overwhelmed by the number of submissions and by how much creativity each of you put into your photos. We were thrilled to see all of the beautiful gardens, both large and small, microgreen and vegetable. The entire creative team here at True Leaf Market is so inspired by the diverse ways all of you use True Leaf Market seeds. The photos really showcased how incredibly beneficial it is to grow your own seed no matter where you are in the country! We really have the best...

  • Jordan Freytag
The Great Seedpocalypse of 2020?

The Great Seedpocalypse of 2020? 7

No, there likely won’t be a seed apocalypse in 2020 and beyond, but, there will be a few challenges… There definitely are some issues about the availability of some varieties of seeds in 2020, and possibly into 2021 that you should be aware of… As you are likely aware, the demand for seeds of all kinds was way up in the spring of 2020, and demand is still far above normal. It is probably not an exaggeration to say that across the entire industry, more seeds were sold in March and April than the seed industry expected to sell for...

  • Jordan Freytag
How Late is Too Late to Start Your Garden?

How Late is Too Late to Start Your Garden? 1

June is here, and some of you might be wondering—have I missed the planting window? Is it too late to plant my garden? We say NO WAY! It’s never too late to plant in summer months as long you stick to more short term crops that will mature by summer's end when cooler temperatures set in. You'll need to manage the heat and light exposure your plants receive as well since summer months can be blisteringly hot. Shade cloths may be a necessity, but other than that, you are good to go! You see, the later you are in the growing...

  • Jordan Freytag
Updated Rewards Program and Size Changes

Updated Rewards Program and Size Changes 1

What a strange year it has been so far. We wanted to take a moment to update you on a few changes at True Lear Market, including some good news (because couldn’t we all use some?). Upgrade to the True Leaf Loyalty Rewards Program We are adding a 4th tier to our Rewards Program to show our appreciation for our professional grower customers who have been so loyal to us.  Effective now and going forward earning points in the Rewards Program based on your purchases looks like this: Annual Purchases: 0 to $249.99 – Hobbyist:           ...

  • Jordan Freytag
Medicinal Herbs You Need to Know About!

Medicinal Herbs You Need to Know About! 1

Lately, we've been doing a deep-dive on herbs and what blows us away is the numerous medicinal uses that herbs have. It's amazing to read up on how ancient peoples and modern-day society used and continue to use herbs. These plants are so tied to our history, we may have started to forget how essential they are. Here are five reminders:Peppermint - Peppermint aids in nausea relief and minor aches and pains, including headaches. By rubbing peppermint leaves on your temples or the back of your neck can temporarily relieve pain.Cayenne Pepper - Much like peppermint, cayenne pepper can be...

  • Jordan Freytag
Pandemic Gardens: A Return to Victory Gardens

Pandemic Gardens: A Return to Victory Gardens 2

After nearly eighty years, It may be time to start up Victory Gardens again! Victory Gardens, aka "war gardens", were gardens planted on people's private property, and public lands with the aim of helping citizens become more self-reliant in regards to food supply during times of national distress. Started in December of 1941, shortly after The United States entered World War II. People were seen tilling the grass of their front lawns and parks, making these places suitable for garden beds or raised beds, converting them into sources for food. These community gardens changed the landscape of food in the US...

  • Jordan Freytag
It's Never Too Early to Start Planning Your Fall Garden!

It's Never Too Early to Start Planning Your Fall Garden! 2

Although the spring and summer months are great for gardening, they can be taxing on the gardener. I know that I've become spent trying to keep my garden watered in the scorching heat while troubleshooting problems as they arise, such as warding off harmful insects. On top of that, tracking each plant's harvest time can feel like the straw that broke the camel's back as it were. That is why I opt for a fall garden; the insect population is significantly lower and your plants don't risk drying-out as much. Of course, I continue to sow in the spring for a...

  • Jordan Freytag
A New Way to Retain Your Rain!

A New Way to Retain Your Rain! 3

Water is essential to plant growth and development. Typical growing medias, such as potting soils and mixes, allow water to flow freely through the root growth area of plants, at times resulting in dehydration, which causes poor crop growth and less than optimal yields. Retaining your rain and the supplemental water you give your plants is a constant battle and is getting more and more difficult . . . and expensive! True Leaf Market is proud to introduce Retain, our newest product! Retain is the premium water conservation soil additive available. Retain is specially formulated to increase the water and...

  • Christian Thornton
Cover Crops Equals Better Soil!

Cover Crops Equals Better Soil! 0

You may think that only farmers or large-scale gardeners need cover crops, but that's far from true. Backyard gardeners reap the same benefits of cover crops that large scale growers do, and they don't need to be an experts to get them.Cover crops are basically plants sown across a section of ground that help to feed and condition the soil for optimal growth of future vegetable crops. There are many different varieties of seeds that make great cover crops--although, each variety offers something a little different for the soil. Some offer extra nitrogen, such as alfalfa. Others offer weed management...

  • Jordan Freytag
Microgreens—A Salad Bowl of Nutrients in One Bite!

Microgreens—A Salad Bowl of Nutrients in One Bite! 1

Preach! Don't you love it when you find an article that supports what you've been promoting and practicing for years! We do! This article from mbgfood is a fantastic short read that illustrates just WHY microgreens are so great! It's way more than just tasting and looking great! Here are the main take-aways: Their nutritional value for their size is staggering . . . Microgreens are very dense in nutrients that have been linked to immune support, containing up to 5X more vitamins, amino-acids, enzymes, and phytonutrients than the microgreen's full-grown counterpart. And guess what? They are incredibly easy to...

  • Jordan Freytag
Taylor the Warehouse Cat

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My name is Taylor and I came here, to True Leaf Market, in 2015 from Best Friends of Utah! True Leaf Market hired me on the spot cuz of my hunting abilities--and my cuteness! I've always been a great mouse hunter, if I don't say so myself. I graduated with high marks at Mouseachussets Institute of Technology Pawdelphia, Catifornia. I sure got my paws full here, but I love it--and they love me!
  • Parker Garlitz
Gut Health—Why You Should be Sprouting Your Grains!

Gut Health—Why You Should be Sprouting Your Grains! 0

This fantastic HuffPost article points the pros of ingesting sprouted grains on a regular basis. We found it extremely informative and helpful in illustrating why we think people should be sprouting their own grains at home--a practice we’ve promoted for decades.. Article Highlights: Germinating grains allows starches to breakdown along with the endosperm and phytates, making nutrients easier to absorb by the body. The bioavailability of nutrients increases substantially. In the case of millet, iron increases by 300%! Gluten decreases 47% when a grain is sprouted, reducing problematic proteins for celiac disease, wheat allergies, and non celiac wheat sensitivity  Fiber,...

  • Jordan Freytag
8 Pro Tips for Spring Garden Prep

8 Pro Tips for Spring Garden Prep 7

1. Get a Gardening JournalTracking your garden from beginning to end is a joy and an essential component when planning next year's garden. You can learn from what worked and what didn't work the year before. Over time, after observing different varieties succeed or fail following each growing season, you get an instinct what grows best in your area of the globe.2. Before Buying Your Seeds, make a list and do the researchThis is where the gardening journal comes in. Track all of your research in it. Having all the info together will reveal aspects about your future garden that you won't...

  • Jordan Freytag
What Makes a Seed "Bad"?

What Makes a Seed "Bad"? 4

Does seed go bad? A question we've heard a lot working in this business. It's somewhat of a complicated answer--but here goes . . . If what you mean by "go bad" is spoil, then no, it does not go bad. A common misconception is that with time seed naturally spoils, aka "goes bad". But it simply is not true--seeds are designed to stand the test of time and to ensure growth when the right conditions are met. There is nothing in the seed itself that will spoil. There are several factors that can go into damaging or deteriorating seed...

  • Jordan Freytag

New How-to-Sprout Online Video 0

Guest Blog Post by Steve Wohlberg, Teacher of “Sprouting with Steve." We all know that if we lose our health, we've lost the joy of living. Not only that, but there has never been a time in history when human health has been under attack more than now. The situation is truly frightening. Recently a number of my friends have died of cancer. Many others I know wrestle with serious diseases. Heart disease and diabetes are rampant. Most of us face some sort of health challenges. It's hard to escape such woes, especially when we consider growing chemical pollution that now...

  • Parker Garlitz
Julia Maddock - Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission

Julia Maddock - Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission 0

The Star of Summer Squash By Julia Maddock Is it possible for a single plant to be the perfect fit for any garden? The zucchini argues that it is. Also known by the Latin name of Cucurbita pepo, the zucchini is a variety of summer squash with a rich history dating back thousands of years. Humble, yet incredibly versatile, the zucchini is a prolific grower that provides a bountiful harvest with low, easy maintenance. Suitable for any temperate climate, the zucchini provides enjoyment and value to both experienced and novice gardeners. Because it requires only three feet of space, it...

  • Jordan Freytag
Ronald J. Smith - Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission

Ronald J. Smith - Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission 0

Lettuce By Ronald J Smith Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) is a member of the daisy family (Asteraceae). Ancient Egyptians grew lettuce for oil from its seeds over 4,500 years and then as an edible leaf crop. As a result, lettuce has been a part of the human diet for over 4,000 years (Elzebroek and Wind 2008). It is consumed mostly as a fresh leafy vegetable in butter head, loose leaf, head (iceberg), romaine (cos), bunching, and stem forms (Elzebroek and Wind 2008; Złotek et al. 2014). Lettuce spread throughout Europe as a leaf and medicinal crop and came to the Americas...

  • Jordan Freytag
5 Exotic Microgreens!

5 Exotic Microgreens! 1

We, here at True Leaf Market, are always looking for new and exotic seed varieties for microgreen growing. Along with finding really tasty and beautiful strains of tried-and-true varieties like radish and mustard, we'll come across some truly unique seeds that you may have never considered suitable for growing as microgreens! For us, this is the really exciting part about being in the microgreen business. Who would've thought that a tree grown in southeast Asia and a variety of daisy would make such flavorful microgreens? They do, and in fact, three of the five following varieties are grown primarily as...

  • Andrew Stewart
Mid-July Garden Planting!

Mid-July Garden Planting! 1

It's mid July and many garden vegetables are maturing such as tomatoes and peppers. It's not too late in the summer to start planting, they just need to have a shorter life cycle to be able to mature before it gets too cold. Several root vegetables and leafy green garden vegetables work great for this purpose--just be sure allow these plants to receive partial shade throughout the day. Before planting any of these seeds, be sure to check your grow zone and the projected climate for the next few months just to be aware of the future climate your plants...

  • Andrew Stewart
Know Your Basil Varieties

Know Your Basil Varieties 0

Basil is an all-star microgreen for several reasons: it's sweet and full of flavor, tender and leafy, and extremely diverse in it's use. And although it takes longer to germinate, it can be grown on longer into more of a "babygreen" without comprising flavor. This is because the full-grown herb is used, stem and all in many recipes. The same can be said for cilantro microgreens. The bottom line is that basil can be eaten anytime between the microgreen stage and the full-grown herb stage. Not only is basil diverse in use, it is diverse appearance and color. Listed below...

  • Jordan Freytag
Fertilizing Microgreens!

Fertilizing Microgreens! 2

By now, we’re all familiar with fertilizer when it comes to growing garden vegetables and flowers. When the cotyledon leaves appear on your seedlings, it’s a sign your young plant has used its reserves and its roots are now searching for additional nutrition in the soil. Adding fertilizer doesn’t just improve the growth of your garden crops, it is essential for healthy growth and production. Yet when it comes to microgreens, one doesn’t talk much about fertilizer. Couldn’t microgreens use fertilizer to improve their growth just like conventional seedlings? We say yes—you just need to know which fertilizers are the...

  • Jordan Freytag
True Leaf Market Microgreens on Modern Gardener TV!

True Leaf Market Microgreens on Modern Gardener TV! 0

True Leaf Market is proud to collaborate with KUED 7: Modern Gardener to create this fun sprout and microgreen growing guide. All of the seeds you see growing healthy sprouts and microgreens came from True Leaf Market.  Check out parts 1 and 2, and 3! Growing Microgreens And Sprouts Part 1: Getting Started Growing Microgreens And Sprouts Part 2: Planting And Watering Growing Microgreens And Sprouts Part 3: Growing And Eating

  • Jordan Freytag
Light Essentials: Indoor Counter-top Gardening

Light Essentials: Indoor Counter-top Gardening 2

Although your kitchen may have an abundance of light, it may not be enough for growing flats of wheatgrass and microgreens—especially this time of year. The lack of sunlight effects everything, and even though your flat may be under a south-facing window, thus, providing them with direct sunlight for a few hours a day—It’s not enough. Your crop will continue to grow but plants may appear yellowish or weaker than normal. Grow lights will fix that. Indirect sunlight through a window can be an adequate source of light during the spring and summer months; although, flats will need to be...

  • Jordan Freytag
The Idiot's Guide to Microgreens!

The Idiot's Guide to Microgreens! 1

You may have heard of microgreens or seen them on a dish that you’ve received at a restaurant, but what exactly are microgreens? This simplest way to put it is they are your favorite vegetable plants such as cabbage, radish, broccoli, swiss chard, and peas—only they are grown in flats and harvested at a very young stage. You are left with fresh, crunchy, and colorful produce that often contains the same flavor as their full-grown vegetable counter-part and are used to bring new life to the same old tired meals. Microgreens can be grown any time of year if you...

  • Jordan Freytag
Sowing Flowers in the Cold

Sowing Flowers in the Cold 0

One of the best ways to ensure a healthy, abundant, and efficient year-round garden is to emulate many of the natural cycles your plants would experience if grown wildly. For example, “true” wildflowers spend the summer carpeting the soil with millions of seeds that lie dormant all winter awaiting to germinate with the spring. Too many home gardeners are left unaware and rarely sow anything in the fall or winter. But the easiest way to jumpstart spring is to broadcast wildflower seeds now in these final weeks before winter. The term “wildflower” is not exact and can mean any number...

  • David Bernal
Hairy Vetch: A Cover Crop that Loves the Cold

Hairy Vetch: A Cover Crop that Loves the Cold 1

The first day of fall is already a month gone and it's never too soon to begin preparing next season's bountiful harvest. Many gardens have already been hit by their local frost date and are calling it a season until February's seed prep. Yet several home gardeners are unaware there's still plenty to be done in winter despite a bitter layer of frost or snow. The absolute easiest way to ensure an abundant summer is to replenish the soil's nutrients now during these cold idle months. A healthy garden will naturally expend its nitrogen throughout the warm seasons and these...

  • David Bernal
Laura Thoeming - 2018 Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission

Laura Thoeming - 2018 Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission 0

  • Jordan Freytag

Nestia N. Nuanez - 2018 Scholarship Winner - Video Submission 0

The Best Way To Transplant Snapdragons By Nestia N. Nuanez

  • Jordan Freytag
We've Got You Covered: A Guide to Cover Crops

We've Got You Covered: A Guide to Cover Crops 13

We've Got You Covered: A Guide to Cover Crops Cover crops offer a wide range of benefits to your garden or farm including preventing winter erosion when under-planting for weed control amid growing crops and revitalizing your soil with leftover biomass, also referred to as “green manure” which contain copious amounts of nutrients, said to increase yield of future crops. The best way to determine which cover crop might be best for you is to understand what each cover crop seed requires in terms of maintenance and what it offers the mini ecosystem of your grow area. Also, do a...

  • Jordan Freytag
July Sowing to Early Fall Harvest!

July Sowing to Early Fall Harvest! 2

Who'd have thought that July would be a great time to direct sow select garden vegetable seeds? Come to find out, it's a great time for quick-to-harvest crops such as Basil and Dill, Beans and Greens, and Carrots and Cucumbers! What happens is that the intense heat of the July sun keeps soils nice and warm for germination so that seedlings pop up with little struggle. Under the cover of a light-weight shade/grow cloth, the seedlings will spring-up, and by the cooler days of on-set autumn, your July-sown crops should be ready for harvest or getting pretty darn close! Learn...

  • Jordan Freytag
Shade Cloths + Trellis Ideas

Shade Cloths + Trellis Ideas 2

Shading Your Plants Now is the time of year to get creative with ways to make trellis space for your vining vegetables and/or creating shade for some of your plants if you're not in a well-shaded areas. Most commonly, black shade cloths are used to protect plants and soils from the intense heat from the summer sun, but they can end up blocking out much of the necessary UV Rays that plants need—not to mention that the black cloth can get extremely hot and may damage your plants. White-woven shade cloths are ideal because they allow more of the helpful...

  • Jordan Freytag
Unique Fermentation Recipes

Unique Fermentation Recipes 0

Over the centuries, humans have tested the boundaries of what can be fermented. We’ve done it long enough that you can ferment yourself at home with things around the house or with exclusive fermenter kits. Fermentation, the action of various microbes on their respective hosts, brings us the glorious gifts of beer, yogurt, bread, cheese, kimchi and sauerkraut. These are the products of fermentation most of us know and love. But what about all the other ones we are unfamiliar with? What of cacao? The lengthy chocolate process begins by storing harvested pods in a “sweat box” for several days...

  • Jordan Freytag
5 Late Summer Sowing Herbs

5 Late Summer Sowing Herbs 1

It’s heating up quick and you may be thinking that you are too late to sow seeds for a summer garden. But never fear—herbs to the rescue! They’re inexpensive and easy to grow. There are several varieties of herb seeds that can grow in and withstand the summer heat and the following herbs not only withstand it, they thrive in it! Making them prime candidates for late sowing. Basil Basil - Easily one of the most well-known and popular herbs on the planet, it is one of the easiest to grow. Germinates quickly, within 10-15 days and grows very quickly...

  • Andrew Stewart
Flowers Perfect for Direct Sowing Right Now!

Flowers Perfect for Direct Sowing Right Now! 3

Although we've had a particularly late winter, with the snow flurries just ending, it's still not too late to sow flower seeds for summer time blooms—in fact, it's the ideal time for some of these beauties of summer! Some flowers thrive being direct sown outdoors this time of year. Listed below are several varieties of flowers that you can direct sow now that will bloom during mid to late summer. These varieties are surprising additions to any garden regarding their unique shapes and colors—and how they just drink up the sunlight!   No need to buy more seed than you need—just...

  • Jordan Freytag

Start your Ginormous Pumpkin This Month! 1

This is a very special time of year for us here at True Leaf Market because it is time to sow our giant pumpkin seeds. Each October, we hold The Ginormous Pumpkin Regatta at Oquirrh Lake in Daybreak, Utah. And in order to grow our own giant gourd to carve out and race across the water by that time, we need to start preparing and sowing our seeds now! Our carved-out giant pumpkin boats from the Regatta in October! After each race, we save the precious seeds that come out of the pumpkin, dry them and store them for this...

  • Andrew Stewart
A Great Time for Herbs!

A Great Time for Herbs! 3

A good time to start your herb garden is now—whether it's in your backyard, on your balcony or in your windowsill in containers, nothing says springtime like an herb garden! Herb are defined as plants that are used by humans for a variety of reasons, such as medicinal, aromatic, and culinary applications. Diversity seems to be the calling card of the herb. For example, basil is prolific in it's uses; the sweet flavor of its leaves is prominent in types of cuisine and as a main ingredient in teas, and the growing plant can be grown primarily for it's strong...

  • Jordan Freytag
Let's Talk About Transplant Shock

Let's Talk About Transplant Shock 6

Transplant shock happens to your seedlings when they undergo stress during the transplanting process from indoor growing conditions to the ground and the unpredictable climate outside. Many times it is caused by the roots being "shocked" by the transplanting process, specifically to the tiny root hairs that absorb water. Another cause can be the drastic temperature change from controlled indoor growing conditions to the ground, placed into too small of a hole or in need of water. The same goes for planting in baskets and containers as well. The stresses can escalate exponentially if left untreated. Transplant shock is common,...

  • Jordan Freytag
Direct Sowing Vegetable Seeds

Direct Sowing Vegetable Seeds 2

We are reaching the time when you'll want to start direct sowing your vegetable seeds or at least getting ready to sow them in the next few weeks! This is a perfect opportunity to think about what you might want to harvest in late summer/early fall! Some garden vegetables are unable to be direct sown unless you live in a tropical part of the globe, such as tomatoes and peppers. However, there are other garden vegetables on the other end of the spectrum: they can withstand cool temperatures during germination and benefit from direct sowing because their sensitive root systems...

  • Jordan Freytag
Flowers: Starting Indoors vs Direct Sowing

Flowers: Starting Indoors vs Direct Sowing 2

When you think you've started all your seedlings this year, you remember . . . flowers! While we prepare our vegetable starts, it can be easy to forget about the flower garden. Luckily it is still a good time to start flowers indoors and plan for those flowers we'd like to direct sow. Prep your soil pellets, your growing trays, and make sure your grow lights are good to go because it's time to get some flowers sown! First, identify the preferred growing conditions of the plants you are looking to grow. Some flowers, such as Pansies and Begonias, do not...

  • Jordan Freytag
The Best Soil for Transplanting . . . and how to get it!

The Best Soil for Transplanting . . . and how to get it! 0

Now that you've got your seeds started, it is a good time to start focusing on getting your soil ready for transplanting time. Now, that may mean a few different things; you may need to amend your soil with fertilizers or just till it—or nothing at all. It just depends what your soil make-up is like. Or course, there are different schools of thought on the subject. Some believe that you should only "mess" with your soil a minimal amount, with the aim of allowing it to naturally build it's structure and nutrients over the years. Others believe that tilling...

  • Jordan Freytag
It's February! Time to Get Your Garden Seeds!

It's February! Time to Get Your Garden Seeds! 15

Looking for "The Best Soil for Transplanting . . . and how to get it!"? Click here to read it! It's not too late to pick your seeds for your spring garden but soon the days will be long enough and warm enough to start prepping that garden for transplanting. It is imperative to get your tender seedlings off to a good start—and to start them as early as possible. So, when picking your seeds, be aware of which are cold hardy and which are tender. The tender seeds will need to be sown indoors right away to offer it...

  • Jordan Freytag
Starting Seeds Early. Why some and not others . . .

Starting Seeds Early. Why some and not others . . . 0

The initial thing a lot of folks wonder after they've decided to grow a garden that season is "Where do I start?" And then the more complex question follows, "Which vegetable crops do I start indoors and which do I plant directly in the garden?" Well, it really depends on the climate conditions of your area, but the gist of it is that the closer you are to the equator the more likely you will be able to sow tender vegetable crop seeds like tomatoes and peppers outside because that climate is predictably warm. But if you are in a more...

  • Jordan Freytag
Craving Garden Produce Mid-Winter? It's Easy, Fun and Delicious!

Craving Garden Produce Mid-Winter? It's Easy, Fun and Delicious! 1

Life without fresh produce and garden greens during the winter can be absolute torture. Luckily, we know about a way to grow fresh greens all winter-long right on your counter-top. The way is sprouting and growing garden vegetables as microgreens! Not only can you enjoy fresh produce throughout the winter this way, you consume higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals compared to their full grown counterparts (perfect for a healthy New Year's resolution, right?). Within days you can have full-grown, tasty sprouts ready to eat. Most microgreens grow and mature startlingly fast so you can enjoy multiple micro crops throughout the cold months!...

  • Jordan Freytag
A Ripe Tomato by July 4th?! Here's how . . .

A Ripe Tomato by July 4th?! Here's how . . . 0

A gardener’s dream: a plump ripe tomato ready to harvest for the Fourth of July. That is our goal and the goal of many fellow gardeners we know! Who doesn’t love fresh cherry tomatoes right off the vine or slicing into a slicer variety tomato mid-summer? It can be a challenge to make it happen, but we like challenges. And over the years, we’ve found it takes a little bit of pre-planning, careful selecting of seeds, and requires some specialized care and maintenance to ensure an early harvest of tomatoes. Here is what you need to do!  Make a Plan...

  • Jordan Freytag
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