Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Seed Starting With Kids Question Preview

This evenings #SeedChat topic is about seed starting with kids. Below is a preview of some of the questions we've received that we'll be answering.  Have a good answer to any of these questions? Bring it along and join us for #SeedChat at 9PM Eastern 8PM Central 6PM Pacific.

Got a list of the top easy seeds to start for kids garden project?

Any poisonous seeds I should avoid when gardening with kids?

Containers for starting seeds in a class.

Can hot pepper seeds make kid's eyes burn if they handle them?

What seeds are big enough for little ones to handle easily?

"I'm currently teaching the Farm to School program, primarily the gardening component,  since the program is based on promoting healthy eating we grow vegetables, herbs and fruits. What types of edible flowers would you recommend sowing with kids? Are there any with some interesting stories behind them? Thanks in advanace. Debbie K"

Something a little different. Someone left some tips in the form where the questions go. You can still submit questions for tonight by leaving them as a comment below.

"Not a question, but some observations from working w/grandkids. Keep it mostly simple. Give them some radishes to plant. They grow fast. Plant extra carrots so they can pull them occasionally to check size. Bush beans are great. plants are sturdy enough they can harvest the pods w/o pulling the plant. Maybe give them THEIR plant, like a watermelon or pumpkin to care for. Help them grow easy repeat blooming flowers like zinnias. Oh, kids LOVE ornamental gourds, too. Especially those funky weird looking ones. Grow some birdhouse gourds, then help them turn it into a house for next year. Cherry tomatoes are cool w/kids too. They can pluck them right off the plant while you're out tending THEIR plants. OK, that's all. :)"

Update: Transcript is now available in our transcript page.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Seed Starting Methods Question Preview

This evenings #SeedChat topic is about seed starting methods. Below is a preview of some of the questions we've received that we'll be answering.  Have a good answer to any of these questions? Bring it along and join us for #SeedChat at 9PM Eastern 8PM Central 6PM Pacific.

What method do I use to start passion flower seeds?

What is "scarification"? Do all seeds need this?

Can you really put seeds in a plastic bag to germinate them?

Do I have to soak my seeds before planting them?

Do morning glories need a special treatment?

How to you germinate small seeds like my basil seeds?


Update: The transcript is now available for viewing and downloading.  Next week's topic is starting seeds with kids.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Seed Starting Supplies Question Preview

Tonight's #SeedChat topic is all about seed starting supplies. Here is a preview of the questions we have received so far. There's still time to drop us a question in the form on our About page.  Join us for #SeedChat on Twitter at 9PM Eastern 8PM Central 6PM Pacific.

What have ppl's experiences been with soil blocking vs. fiber cell trays vs plastic cell trays

Does anyone have a good DIY seed starting soil formula?

Hopefully not off topic for a @seedchat topic, but I am still trying to figure out if it makes financial sense to grow seedlings indoor after buying the supplies. Has anyone totaled it up: does it makes sense versus buying seedlings at a nursery or park garden fair? 

Does anyone have any great suggestions for seed starting when you live with cats?  I live in a studio apartment, so I can't lock them out.  How do you keep them from eating, knocking over, or otherwise destroying your dirt/seedlings?

What kind of potting soil do I need?

Types and sizes of pots for seed starting.

Are those bio dome greenhouses worth the money?

UPDATE: Transcript is now available on our transcript page.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Seed Swaps Transcript Available

Last night's #SeedChat transcript is now up and available for download from the transcript page of our blog. The conversation took an interesting twist during the open forum towards the end of the hour. I won't spoil it for you, if you are catching up with #SeedChat by reading the transcript.

Next week's #SeedChat is about seed starting supplies, what you need, what you don't need and what you can DIY at home instead of paying money for. See the About page to learn how #SeedChat works and to ask a question ahead of time that you want answered. Newbie questions are strongly encouraged, there's no such thing as a "dumb,"plus our anonymous contact form allows you to ask a question without revealing your identity.

Also, if you have a good book, article, blog, website or PDF we should add to the resource page, please send us a tweet @SeedChat.