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Sow you decided to get started and you went out and got everything you needed to do so, now what? Wonderful! If you decided to get started, you probably got a few things:

  • seeds
  • spade (outdoor) or pot and potting soil (indoor)
  • water

At this time of the year we are making a couple of guesses. More than likely you will be planting right outside because the last frost should have passed. In our gardening Zone (Norfolk, VA, USA) now is the time of year to sow right outside. In which case you will need: seeds, spade and water. If you are planting indoors or in a container, you will need: seeds, potting soil and water. Most of these things are self explanatory. You will need the spade to dig in the ground to plant your seed. We also recommend loosening the ground underneath the seed to promote root growth. And of course once you plant you want to give the seeds a healthy dose of water. If you are planting in a container, we recommend a clay pot that is well drained (has holes at the bottom of the pot). This will prevent the plant from being over watered. You will also need potting soil. Some potting soils are only recommended for a few months as they are only used to give your plants a start before transplanting. These soils do not have enough nutrients to sustain a plant beyond the recommended months. And of course water to give the plants a kick start after sowing.

All these supplies are pretty straight forward and most people know. The seed packet is probably the most detailed supply you will pick up. Do not skip reading the seed packet. It will have a lot of detailed and specific information regarding your seed. The University of Nebraska Lincoln has a clear and concise breakdown on what you can find on pretty much all seed packets although they vary slightly from one supplier to another. Click on The University of Nebraska Lincoln to learn more about how to read seed packets to dispel any confusion and intimidation of the seed packet and gardening in general. As you begin to learn more about your seeds, plants and how to care for them the mystique of gardening will dissipate affording you the opportunity to begin growing your own foods and plants.

Remember Jim Ulager of Beginning Seed Saving for the home gardener tells us that although seed packets have an expiration date, seeds are often good for a lot longer than suggested. Like many businesses, seed suppliers are often wanting you to buy seeds every season although the seeds you have are plenty and just as good or still good beyond the suggested expiration or sell by date. What keeps you from starting your own garden? Do you find anything intimidating about gardening? What information would you like to have before beginning your own garden? Ask! Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. We really enjoyed sharing with you today.

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