Imagine being able to pick fresh lemons, limes and oranges right from your patio! Read more »
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Our Easy-Pour Watering Can offers both capacity and control. The 2.6-gallon volume holds a generous amount of water that is eas... Read more »
Put your crafting skills to work and create a beautiful and unique fascinator that reflects your personal style. Read more »
“Painting” with tissue paper is not only fun but beautiful! Read more »
Mosaic tile frames are a beautiful way to display photos. Read more »
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A colorful, roomy bag is just the thing you need to carry all your belongings for a day at the beach. Read more »
Keep the kids busy on a road trip with their own art bag full of inspiration and the essentials. Read more »
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Only our Stitcher Scissors provide precision and control that meet the needs of the most demanding sewers and quilters. Micro-T... Read more »
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Choose our Dressmaker Shears for long, smooth cuts through multiple layers of medium to heavy fabrics. Extra-long blades maximi... Read more »
Looking for a sure cure for bored kids - make sparkly sea creatures! Read more »
Open-ended activities like this Busy Book can keep kids occupied in the back seat of a car AND spark fun family conversations! Read more »
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Our Preschool Training Scissors features a special training lever that opens the blades after each cut, helping children learn... Read more »
Children love our Designer Non-stick Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the colorful handle patterns that make cutting fun and the non... Read more »
Our Designer Non-stick Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those ol... Read more »
The beautiful mood lighting of lanterns at outdoor gatherings is fabulous, so why not craft up a set to use this summer. Read more »
Treat your children to their own special tent hideaway, then stand back and watch as the fun and adventures begin! Read more »
Make a thoughtful gift for someone this summer! Read more »
The StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics to deliver best-in-class cutting perf... Read more »
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While some plants propagate best if started from a cutting from an established plant, most plants begin life as a seed someone sows and carefully nurtures into a strong and healthy plant. That person may be someone in a large nursery or someone who runs a stand at your local farmer's market. Or it may be you!
Our personal gardens are filled each year with plants that came to us in both in the form of seeds and seedlings. While we hope to, in the near future, build a small greenhouse and begin all of our plants from seed, purchasing some of our plants as seedlings works best at this point in our lives. For some plants such as our beloved tomatoes, which we strive to begin harvesting by July 4th, this decision is driven by the weather. Placing a healthy young plant already having 6-8 weeks of growth time into our garden is far more likely to let us achieve that goal than sowing seeds in the garden where it's difficult to regulate their early-life needs in unpredictable, and often harsh, spring weather conditions.
The decision to purchase some of our other plants as seedlings is based on our need. One or two jalapeno plants produce more than our yearly need of peppers. Planting an entire packet of seeds would create unnecessary work, both in the process of nurturing them in their early life and later chasing down friends and family in attempt to share the bounty of a fruit that doesn't find its way into the cuisine of most people the way something like lettuce or tomatoes does.
We also start many of our plants from seed, both intentionally and accidentally. Since we can green beans and, therefor, need a large harvest and multiple plantings, we start these from seeds. This is typically how green beans are grown, anyway, since they are easy to start and the seedlings are very weather-tolerant. Our melon plants are also started from seed because we grow enough plants that it's more economical than buying seedlings. Sometimes beginning with seeds is the only way we're going to be able to grow a certain plant. I've yet to see a seedling for a Snake Gourd plant or Kohlrabi in a nursery! And we're fortunate that some plants drop seeds to the ground and bless us with flowers in future years with no human intervention in the germination process.
Beginning with seeds is also a process that's very rewarding for children. They enjoy the excitement of the anticipation of a seedling emerging and, later, the pride of harvesting fruit from a plant that exists because of their time and effort. And as adults, we get to enjoy watching them through the various stages of their success. We can help make the wait from sowing to sprouting more exciting and far more interesting to them (and to us as well) through this gardening craft project.
If you've never had the pleasure of starting a plant from seed, I hope you'll grab a packet of flowers or beans and give it a try this year. In the meantime, fully enjoy the ease and instant beauty planting seedlings adds to your gardening experience!