Let the Bells of Ireland Sing!

Ever mistaken a desired flower for a weed?  I have a bit of a story to tell regarding  Moluccella laevis a.k.a. 'Bells of Ireland'.  Just in case you are not familiar with 'Bells of Ireland' it is an annual plant producing beautiful light green flowers, shaped like bells, on strong sturdy stems. 'Bells of Ireland' …

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Need to HO or PU?

Remember the seeds we labored over a few weeks back...the ones started inside to get a head start on the growing season.  Well, if all has been growing well  it is probably time to "harden off" or "pot up."  In the style of modern communication; HO or PU.   To HO seedlings, be patient and spend …

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Seed starting – tips and techniques for great results (II)

You're Back!  Super!  In this post, I'll share my thoughts on seed starting equipment and seed planting.  First the equipment.  There are two primary pieces of equipment needed for successful seed starting/growing.  Shop light fixtures with fluorescent tube bulbs, i.e., a growing station and a soil heat mat.  As you continue to learn about seed …

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Seed Starting…tips and techniques for great results

I attended the Idaho Spring horticultural symposium here in Boise a couple of weeks ago and was particularly inspired by Willi Galloway of digginfood.com.  She gave a presentation on seed starting and it prompted me to remember the seed starting equipment I have packed away in a box in the garage.  I was really involved …

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