Hi all, this is the first installment of an interesting, fun, and informational blog that will come out from The Online Greenhouse. I am going to try and alternate between beginning and advanced topics. I thought that since this is the start of this series we should start out with a topic on propagation! I want to go over some terminology and definition first so we are all on the same page. Propagation, also referred to as “prop”, is the process for which growers of all kinds of plants will start or multiply their plants. Some methods of propagation include: starting from seed, starting from cuttings, and something called ‘Tissue Culture’...Read More.
After planting, you will want to keep moisture in the soil on the wet side until the plants start to emerge. Once they have, it's best to wait for the soil to dry slightly before you water again. One way to check water is by looking at the surface of the soil and seeing if it is wet. A wet surface will be darker than a dry surface (shown in the picture). You will also get a feel for how much water is in the soil by lifting on the pot a bit to feel its weight. After planting, you will want to keep moisture in the soil on the wet side until the plants start to emerge. Once they have, it's best to wait for the soil to dry slightly before you water again...Read More.
Not much is going on this time of year for a gardener here in Connecticut. It's the middle of March, my slow growing crops have been planted in containers and are just busy growing. In my area that includes things like tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and leeks. I usually stat them in mid-February. I also start broccoli, brussels sprouts, lettuce, cauliflower, cucumber, indoors for earlier harvest. When planning what you are going to grow it is good to check the back of the packet. It will give you some information about when to start the crop. Many things you can start outdoors as soon as ground can be worked i.e. not frozen. Some you have to wait until...Read More!