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Article by: Jim Kennard

Now's the time to get ready to grow , Build A Simple Planter Box your own seedlings! It's not really difficult, and can extend your growing season , The Glory of Autumn: What Causes the Color? by many weeks. For example, by planting brassica's (cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower) in February in your basement , Are Robotic Lawn Mowers Safe? under grow-lights, you can put large, sturdy transplants into your garden , Want to Learn How to Compost? by the end of March or early April, and be eating them when others are just seeing them come up! However, remembering that photosynthesis, using light, , Want to Learn How to Compost? heat , Rose Success and moisture , Perfume Your Garden and Home with Gardenias causes plant , Professional Lawn Watering Techniques - Wireless Sensors for Lawns in Drought Areas growth, you must follow a few key natural , Create a Great Water Garden principles very carefully, or you will be disappointed.

First, seeds , Low Maintenance Teak Furniture must have moisture , Lazy Fish Worries to germinate and grow. , Bonsai Plant Care: What You Need to Know And the soil , Teak Furniture: The Premier Outdoor Furniture mix must be moist, but not soggy, or you'll drown the new plant, , Injury to Trees and Shrubs since it must also have oxygen!

Second, while heat , Spurce Up Your Garden With Decorative Birdhouses is essential, temperatures , Books About Landscaping must be maintained in a narrow range for ideal germination to occur. Most vegetable seeds , Organic Gardening - The Pros And Cons germinate quickly between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. After plants , Organic Gardening - The Pros And Cons are up, many of them will grow , Create a Great Water Garden in cooler temperatures, , Taking Care of Your Bonsai but most all will become dormant (stop growing) at temperatures , A Garden Pond in Your Landscape - Want Water in Your Yard? below 50 degrees.

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The fourth principle relates to feeding. A balanced nutrient mix of 13 minerals is essential to plants , Preparing The Garden For Winter immediately after germination. Those nutrients are mineral salts and must be very dilute in the soil , Lazy Fish Worries moisture, otherwise osmosis will cause the salt to draw the life-giving moisture , Perfume Your Garden and Home with Gardenias out of the plants, , How To - Casting Decorative Concrete and they will die. To ensure you never burn your plants, , Rose Success water , Taking Care of Your Bonsai seedlings daily using the "Constant Feed Solution" of one ounce (2 level tablespoons) of Weekly Feed dissolved in 3 gallons of water. , How to Grow Organic Roses For the free Weekly Feed formula, go to the Gardening , Your Cottage Garden Techniques section at www.foodforeveryone.org, and look on the Fertilizer page.

Next, it is important to separate your small plants , Outdoor Entertaining before their leaves begin to overlap with others', or the tiny stems will become very weak and spindly as the plants , Best Florists Online all stretch - looking for more light. , 10 Landscaping Design Ideas To Enhance Your Home Garden By the time the plants , Fences have their first or second true leaf, this step should be completed. Failure to wait even a few hours can result in spindly, weak plants, , Dealing With Pests In a Hydroponic Garden which never recover. Transplanting seedlings into 2" 6-paks or pots , 10 Landscaping Design Ideas To Enhance Your Home Garden will provide adequate space for them to grow , Tips about Flower Care an additional 2-3 weeks, depending on variety. If it's still too early to put them out into the garden , Giving Seeds What They Need In Storage by the time plant , Low Maintenance Teak Furniture leaves are again beginning to overlap, prune , Tulips the leaves, transplant again into larger pots, , Books About Landscaping or separate pots, , Bonsai Plant Care: What You Need to Know so the plant , Injury to Trees and Shrubs leaves always have maximum light. , Teak Furniture: The Premier Outdoor Furniture

Before transplanting into the garden, , Rosemary "harden-off" your plants , Your Cottage Garden outside, off the ground for 2 to 3 days, to acclimate them to direct sunlight, temperature, , Know Your Bird Feeders, Part 1 wind, etc. This is important so the plant , Adirondack Furniture - What It is and Why You Want It doesn't have the shock of a new environment , Want to Learn How to Compost? added to the shock to its root , The Plant Philanthropist system caused by transplanting. If the weather , Perfume Your Garden and Home with Gardenias turns cold , The Glory of Autumn: What Causes the Color? at night, bring the plants , Injury to Trees and Shrubs back in the house. , Flower Bulb Catalogs The temperature , Organic Gardening - The Pros And Cons adjustment needs to be gradual.

For many of your plants, , Vermiculture: Indoor Composting and Organic Soil Improvement the pruning , A Garden Pond in Your Landscape - Want Water in Your Yard? process does double duty. In addition to assuring maximum light, , Build A Simple Planter Box it shocks the plant , Tulips mildly, causing it to pause in its growth and produce a thicker, sturdier stem. This process makes the plant , Rose Success much better able to endure the vicissitudes of the outside environment, , The Plant Philanthropist such as cutworms, ants, etc. that often quickly decimate plants , Easy Concrete Pavers with weak, spindly stems.

For tall-growing plants, , Birdfeeders & Birdhouses - The Perfect Outdoor Accessories like tomatoes, , Parsley: A Cook's Best Friend by the time they are 12" tall, provide small stakes tied to the plant , Build A Simple er Box stem to prevent them from falling over. And with tomatoes, , Are Robotic Lawn Mowers Safe? begin immediately to remove all sucker stems as soon as they appear, to assure a single, strong stem and maximum production from your plant. , Want to Learn How to Compost?

Jim Kennard, President Food For Everyone Foundation "Teaching the world to grow food , Your Cottage Garden one family at a time." www.foodforeveryone.org,
Jim Kennard is the President of Food , Lazy Fish Worries For Everyone Foundation. He teaches gardening , Growing Grass Under Trees classes and trains people throughout the world in family-based food , Finding the Right Landscaping Company production.

The Foundation provides free materials on its website including a gardening , The Secret To Healthier Plants? Let's Ask My Grandfather ebook, greenhouse plans, , Want to Learn How to Compost? automated watering plans, , Giving Seeds What They Need In Storage garden , The Glory of Autumn: What Causes the Color? calendar, and a valuable free chapter from every one of the world-renowned Dr. Jacob Mittleider's vegetable gardening , Fences books. All of Dr. Mittleider's gardening , Bonsai Plant Care: What You Need to Know books, software, and CD's are also available to purchase. And you can share knowledge with others and be taught personally by Jim Kennard in the free MittleiderMethodGardening@yahoogroups.com.

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