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The Seed Company by E.W. Gaze

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Annapolis Seeds

This husband and wife Ontario seed supplier duo offer up lots of options for growing flowers and vegetables. Their flower farm supplies local florists and lucky for us, we can get in on the online seed orders too. Tip: if you live in the Cookstown area, their fresh-cut blooms will be available for contactless pickup and porch delivery starting early summer.

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Newsletter 1 August 2021

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Green Manure

Vegetable, herb and flower seeds. Heirloom, open pollinated, non hybrid and non GMO with no chemical treatments.

The Seed Collection is an Australian owned and operated business, based in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges in Ferntree Gully, Victoria.

Informational 30 July 2021

Anything that will hold the growing medium and has drainage holes will work, but we recommend specially designed seed starting kits because they include everything you need to grow strong, healthy seedlings. Burpee offers a variety of seed starting kits that include trays with cells, expandable coir pellets, a tray to set them on and a clear lid to hold in humidity during the early stages.

An alternative to using the kits is to purchase biodegradable pots that break down in the soil. You can plant them right in the garden and so avoid disturbing the young plant’s roots. Some are shaped from organic wood fiber or peat, or you can make your own from newspaper. Don’t confuse these with biodegradable resin pots; those will break down in a landfill or, eventually, in a compost heap, but you can’t plant them directly in the garden. Burpee offers a range of fiber pots and a kit for making pots from newspaper.

A timer can be helpful to turn the lights on and off so the plants get the 16 hours of light they need every day, and a good rest at night. You want to keep the lights just 3 to 4 inches above the plants.

As you plan your seed starting, factor in your convenience and habits. Will you really remember to check seeds in the basement daily? It might be wiser to start seeds in the guest room or kitchen where they will be handier, even if you have space for fewer seedlings.

Burpee offers a range of seed starting soils, from compressed coir pellets (coconut husk fibers) that expand when wet, to bags of loose seed starting formula. All our mixes have a trace of starter fertilizer in them so you will not need to start fertilizing until the seedlings have several sets of leaves.