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Questions tagged [sowing]

For questions about sowing seeds.

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Which synonym for seedcalendar is used most?

There are different synonyms you can use when you are talking about a calendar of sow information. To my knowledge these are the ones: 1.sow calendar 2. planting calendar 3. seed calendar 4. crop ...
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Is just adding a new soil layer on top of existing soil good for creating a new plant bed?

I want to create a small area (2 square meters) for new plants and/or seedlings. I need to raise a level in that area a little (for overall garden design purposes), and I plan just to put 30cm / 1ft ...
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Using upside-down plastic cups as outdoor seed/seedling protection?

I have a little problem - somebody is eating my Echinacea's seed that I sow outdoors. As recommended, they are just placed on the ground, they germinate way easier if they have light. Their length is ...
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Using grass clippings for clearing the area of existing plants

I did first mowing this year, and have extra grass clippings. I would like to use the clippings to cover some areas, currently dominated by grass and weed, where I want to plant and sow some other ...
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What if the seeds sown outdoors are covered by a transparent cover in the initial stage?

I recently started Echinacea angustifolia from seeds indoors, and I noticed an incredible speed and reliability of germination achieved just by covering the seed tray with transparent plastic sheet (...
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Is my plan for 'Blue Flowers Seed Mix' good?

I am an unexperienced gardener, and I have 10 little bags of seeds of blue flowers. Each bag's content looks like this: The list of included species and their percentage in the mix is as follows: ...
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An idea for a sowing tool

I've got an idea for a tool for placing seeds directly in the soil. Imagine that square ABCD is a sturdy sheet of wooden or other material of size 600mm x 600mm x 5 mml, and all other points are ...
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Does “two weeks before the last frost” mean when the ground is still frozen?

I was reading how to plant catnip seed, and noticed that it said 1-2 weeks before the last frost. Does that mean to plant it when the ground is still frozen?
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Broccoli seedlings are way too tall but thin and weak

I just started sowing broccoli indoor this month and after a week or so, I saw this They are almost 4 inches long but cannot stand straight. Did I not push the seeds in deep enough? Or is this kind ...
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I am confused on sowing instructions

I am getting ready to sow some seeds in our brand new garden. We picked out some veggies for planting and on the back of some of them it reads like this: In full sun, sow 4 to 5 seeds over a 12 ...
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Is stratification necessary for aquilegia seeds?

We had bought a variety of aquilegia seeds. Of more than 100 seeds only one developed into a plant flowering in the second year. They weren't all sown on the same soil, so it is not very likely that ...
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Why is it best to start seeds in shallow trays?

Can I just sow them in a bigger pot, then ultimately transplant them outside? What are the pros and the cons?
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How should vegetable seeds be sown evenly?

Whenever I sow seed directly into the garden bed, due to the bizarre laws of physics, I end up with patches of no seedlings and patches where they are growing on top of each other. I scatter seed by ...
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How do I prepare and sow a lawn organically?

Sowing a lawn organically seems to have 2 problems that need solving: Killing the weeds prior to sowing Avoiding weed growth after sowing Once the soil is levelled, I'm considering trying the false ...
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Is September a good time to sow chili pepper seeds in Hong Kong?

I want to grow some habanero chili and jalapeño chili, but it is already September in Hong Kong. Although people said that chilis can't stand winter, I suspect the recent winter of Hong Kong is ...
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What are some resources for region-dependent planting schedule/calender?

Is there a website that has planting calendars for various regions? Is this sort of information more typically acquired through books, or just by word of mouth? I'd like to have a list of crops, ...
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Late-sown Carrots: any particular problems?

I usually sow carrots in early June for lifting in September. This year, I am planning to sow a short-rooted variety in August, for harvesting in November-December, and will use a fleece grow tunnel ...
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What are the proper conditions and watering habits for rosemary?

I have tried twice now to start Rosemary from seed and failed both times. Last year I planted them in a self watering window box with a number of other herbs. It never really came up well and never ...
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Are there any annuals I can sow this late in the year (end of June)?

Are there any flowering annuals I can still sow in the second half of June? I've just transplanted out some marigolds that I threw into seed compost in the Spring and basically neglected in a corner ...
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Can I grow fava beans as a fall crop in New Jersey (USDA Zone 7A)?

I grew fava beans this year for the first time and really liked them. The issue I had is that about half my seeds didn't come up, so I have a fairly small crop. If I started more seeds in July would ...