Doesn’t anyone know some good tips and things on gardening?

snowy_gush_gush asks: Doesn’t anyone know some good tips and things on gardening?
I just got a whole bunch of different types of flower seeds for my birthday and I need some help. My dad says I can only have them outside if there in pots. And I also wanted to try to grow vegtables and fruits. Can I grow vegtables and fruits in pots, if there is rich soil in the pots? Any websites and advice would be nice. Thank U!

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Answer by brandy k
seeding is the hardest part. Do you have any good light in your house? That’s where you want to keep your starts. Buy some soil, some plastic containers and a spray bottle. If you really want to make sure they do well i would also invest in heat pad the heat really makes the the starts take off quickly. It is really important you keep the soil moist at all times this is really important for germination or else your seeds will dry out. So keep them moist everyday with plenty of sunlight when it is time transplant them into there pots. Make sure you read up on the seeds that you are planting because different plants need different care as far as sunlight and water. Most seed packages will have directions on the back that will tell you how specifics as far as how far down you poke the seed in the soil and when to plant the seeds. Some seeds you wont have to start inside you can sow them directly outside. Good luck!

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  1. You can grow flowers, vegetables and some fruit in pots. Almost anything you can grow in the ground can be grown in pots, it just takes a little more time and more frequent watering.
    For fruits in pots you need to look for dwarf varieties. Bananas, plums, figs, pineapples, pomegranate and several others can be grown in pots quite successfully. I have bananas, fig and pineapples growing in pots.
    There are even some citrus trees that can be grown in pots, it just takes a very large pot for their root system.
    Even blueberries and grapes can be grown in pots.
    You will need to use a well-balanced time-release fertilizer and remember to water often. Since the pots are above ground they tend to dry out quickly.

    Good Luck!

  2. My hubby and I do lots of container gardening…..even vegetables. Here is our method:

    Plastic pots 14 inches across the top.

    Holds 25 pounds potting soil-we use Miracle-Gro Potting Soil with Plant Food for flowers (not vegetables-ask the clerk at the nursery for vegetable potting soil).

    Mix water crystals into the top six inches of potting soil-these hold water so you do not have to water more than once per week when the temperatures hit 100 degrees.
    Water well and leave it alone for a few days so the crystals can absorb the water. Do not plant or the swelling crystals will push your flowers up and out of the potting soil.

    After a few days, mix 4 tablespoons Osmocote flower fertilizer into the top four inches of potting soil. Water in well and wait a day or so. There is also a vegetable Osmocote fertilizer. (Read and follow the directions on the container just in case your container is different from ours.)

    Now you can plant. Read the directions on the packages. Water well.

    Every 14 days fertilize with liquid fertilizer – we use Miracle-Gro Bloom Booster. Read the directions on the container.
    Check for a vegetable liquid fertilizer for veggies.

    Stop fertilizing one month before your first autumn frost. But keep watering.

    You can try to keep your flower plants alive if you have the room. Take them indoors and place in a south facing window (sunny window).
    Lightly water through the winter months, but do not fertilize.
    Do not put back outside until all frost has past. We usually wait till the nights have reached 68 or 70 degrees.

    Add the Osmocote fertilizer again each spring (or other good flowering fertilizer).

    When flowers start failing, change the potting soil’s top 1/3 or 1/2, mix in well, add new water crystals, add fertilizer. Buy new plants. This is usually done every third spring.

    Hint: Always water till it runs out the bottom. Wait a few minutes and then water again. This only need to be done about once per week to ten days when using the water crystals.

    Happy gardening to you.

  3. Garden seed starting

    If you are new to gardening (and even if you’re an old hand), getting your flower garden off to a good start is one of the most important aspects of creating a successful garden. Unless you plan to purchase seedlings, seeds that have already begun the germination process, you’ll be starting at the very beginning.

    The indoor method

    Seeds that are planted directly in soil outdoors often have a slim chance of survival. Many gardeners prefer to sow their flower seeds indoors, where they can be watched over and nurtured. There are a number of other reasons why starting seeds indoors is a wise choice:

    * Growing season. In many areas, the growing season is shorter than the time needed for a plant to produce flowers. If sown indoors, gardeners are able to get a jump start and plant flowers that are not native to the area. If you live in an area where late winter seems to never end, starting seeds indoors will ensure they aren’t killed off in an early spring frost.

    * Bloom time. When given a head start, many types of flowers begin to bloom earlier than if they were planted outdoors. Marigolds, for example, are a true testament to this.

    * Healthier seedlings. Creating a controlled and nurturing environment for seeds helps them to become healthy and stronger plants. You can guard against leggy seedlings if you’re keeping a close watch indoors.

    * Controlling Damping Off disease. White mold is apt to form on the top of soil in cold, damp, dark weather, which will wilt seedlings and eventually kill them. Kept indoors, this disease can be eliminated by keeping seedlings in direct sunlight, allowing soil to dry, increasing air circulation, and removing existing mold.

    Sowing your (indoor) seeds

    There are many indoor resources to help your little ones get going.

    * Seed-starting kits. These magnificent creations have made the world of gardening that much easier. Seed-starting kits usually consist of some sort of bio dome or miniature greenhouse, which includes a bottom tray and vented, clear plastic top, and seedling food. Trays are divided into individual cells, where seeds are planted. Some even include individual sponges or disks, which expand in water, with holes intended for one seed.

    * Grow lights. Although many flower seeds germinate in the dark, once seedlings emerge, they’ll need plenty of light. Grow lights can ensure your seedlings continued health, particularly if you don’t have a south facing window to place them in. They are also essential on dark, cloudy days, and can be used at night.

    * Plant food. There are usually enough nutrients in soil to keep seeds happy, but a few days after they become seedlings, consider adding a bit of fertilizer. While you don’t want to overfeed the plant, giving it a little boost can ensure healthy growth.

    Making the move

    Once your seedlings’ roots have started to come out of the bottom of the pot or container, it’s time to plant them outdoors. They are also ready to be transplanted if allowed 6 to 8 weeks indoors, the typical time frame recommended for indoor sowing. Of course, weather conditions must be right as well. Most flower seedlings shouldn’t be taken outdoors until after the last frost. Any earlier, and you run the risk of cold weather killing off your hard work!

    Here are some tips for making the big move:

    * Let flower seedlings acclimate gently to the outdoors. Put them outside on cloudy days or in the shade. After a few days, give them more light and exposure.

    * Plant new growth while skies are overcast or in the late afternoon. Water immediately after transplanting.

    * Provide protection for flower seedlings, such as an empty milk carton, especially in windy areas or if seedlings wilt.

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