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10 Seed Starting Tips for a Successful Garden

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Ashleigh Smith
I'm Ashleigh Smith, a native to Northern Utah. I first gained a love of gardening with my grandmother as I helped her each summer.

I decided to make a career of it and have recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture from Brigham Young University - Idaho. My studies have focused on plant production while I also have experience in Nursery & Garden Center Operations.

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  • Don Hepler Feb 8

    I have been gardening for over 60 years. One thing I have found useful for difficult-to-transplant seedlings such as cucumbers, squash, and even corn and beans, is a soil blocker. I didn’t see any on your website, but I would recommend True Leaf carry them for purchase. It takes a bit of getting used to, but eliminates transplant shock and also removes plastic from the planting system. As far as picking seed, I use a contrasting color paper plate to pick seeds, i.e., I use a white plate for dark seeds, and a colored plate (usually orange or black from after Halloween sales) for white or light-colored seeds.


  • Bernard Denning Feb 7

    Hi, Loved your seed starting yips. One tip I think commercial growers use, is to soak their seeds in hydrogen peroxide (0.2-0.5%). Peroxide modifies the seed shell and promotes faster sprouting(If you do not believe, try soaking bean overnight in 0.5% hydrogen peroxide), and then sprout with and without peroxide at 80F in a moist area (I use basket inside my instant pot, with a little water in the bottom).UCAR has a pdf that suggest sterilizing beans while soaking to kill the bacteria under cracked bean shells, and harbors possibly bad bacteria, before sprouting. All soaking of beans should involve 0.5% hydrogen peroxide water !


  • gramma jo Feb 7

    Congratulations on graduation…my daughter got her masters there. Great school. Want to know start dates for Western Virginia for cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, and peppers. Thank you and lots of success.


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