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Starting Seeds: How to Grow Healthy, Productive Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers from Seed. A Storey Basics® Title Paperback – January 15, 2013


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Product Details

  • Series: Storey Basics
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612121055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612121055
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every spring, grocery-store sidewalks are lined with newly sprouted plants waiting to be transplanted in backyard plots by amateur gardeners. According to veteran gardening expert Ellis, most of these seedlings are overpriced, nonorganic, and quickly fall prey to transplant shock. In this slender, do-it-yourself guide to growing all varieties of plants from seed, Ellis demonstrates how much greater control the enterprising gardener acquires with germinating methods, from being able to choose from a much wider variety of vegetables and herbs to keeping seedlings free of pesticides. In three easy-to-follow, jargon-free sections, complete with useful illustrations, Ellis covers the fundamentals of seed selection, soil preparation, proper moisture, and choosing the best containers. An invaluable section includes troubleshooting tips, a frost-dates map, and an Internet resource guide. Whether you’re a novice gardener just breaking in a new greenhouse or a veteran fine-tuning your germination skills, Ellis’ book offers plenty of sound advice on working botanical magic from one of nature’s most fundamental units of life. --Carl Hays

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Starting Seeds walks you through everything you need to start in the endeavor of starting plants from seed in your front room, basement, greenhouse, cold frame, or kitchen window.



Starting Seeds is a basic guide to growing plants from seed, whether they're started indoors or out.

(Portland Book Review)

Starting Seeds is a basic guide to growing plants from seed, whether they’re started indoors or out.

(Portland Book Review)

A great how-to resource for self-reliance.

(Tulsa Book Review)

This book, part of the Storey Basics series, contains a treasure trove of information about starting plants from seeds in a book that is small enough to fit in a pocket.

 

 

(Charlotte Observer)

A fantastic resource for starting plants from seeds.



A step-by-step guide with simple but descriptive drawings, Starting Seeds should help the gardener from the moment the seed envelope is ripped open to setting out the young plants.


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This book was very easy to read and has helped us a lot with various projects.
Ladymorningstar
I've been gardening for fifteen years now and have failed miserably at growing plants from seeds...until I read this book.
Richard R. Smith
Would recommend it as a good read for all gardeners wanting to get a jump on short growing seasons.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By nfmgirl on February 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have tried growing vegetables and fruit before, without luck. I've tried growing plants in the summer as they recommend. I've tried growing from seed in little peat pots and starting mix, only to have the little seedlings die after a couple of weeks.

Well, I think I've figured out part of the trouble. I was following general instructions, which talk about the ideal growing season being the summer. Trouble is...I live in Florida. I've come to realize that it's just too stinkin' hot down here to grow anything in the summer! Our ideal growing times are fall and spring, with a lot of our growing happening in the winter as well.

So I decided to try my hand once again, this time with the help of Starting Seeds by Barbara Ellis. It is chock full of good information for beginners wanting to learn about growing from seed. One tip: don't include garden soil with potting soil when growing from seed.

I also learned about self-watering seed starters, which would probably have saved me last time I tried growing herbs from seed. I simply could not keep the peat pots properly moist, and my seedlings didn't survive.

There are lots of great lists included, like "Easy Vegetables for Starting Indoors", "Easy Annuals for Starting Indoors", and "Easy Vegetables to Direct Sow".

I learned about "special-needs seeds" that may need things like "scarification" in order to have success in germinating them.

You also learn how to test seeds for viability, and how to pregerminate, which are both basically the same processes.

I have some old seeds I won back in 2008 and never used (due to my poor success in trying to grow something from seed), and I didn't know whether they'd still be any good. So I decided to test some of them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Smith on April 13, 2013
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I've been gardening for fifteen years now and have failed miserably at growing plants from seeds...until I read this book. It explains in clear language and detail about different types of seeds and specificaly what you need to do to germinate them and bring them along to the point they can be transplanted into your garden. I recommend this guide to anyone interested in gardening as a hobby.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. on September 18, 2013
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It had exactly all the information that I needed. I loved it. Will read it again and continue to use it as reference. I have healthy seedlings now!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ladymorningstar on June 29, 2013
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This book was very easy to read and has helped us a lot with various projects. I recommend the book to anyone needing plain English instructions to help them finish their projects.
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By Jeffrey Johnstone on July 13, 2014
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Good information
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