Viewing Meredith79's Garden Diary: Seed Starting and Saving
Friday, July 4, 2014
Starting Perennial Seeds in Julyhttp://www.humeseeds.com/pereseed.htm
Fungicide Dust; Organic Sulphur http://ozbo.com/Sulfur-Fungicide-Dust-4-Pounds-109666.html?g...
Thursday, May 8, 2014
My Average Last Spring FrostMay 07
Average first Fall Frost
Find yours here http://cdo.ncdc.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/climatenormals/climatenorma...
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Surface Sown SeedsWhen growing small seeds that need light to germinate outdoors, no soil cover or just a dusting, such as Poppy seeds: Sow on a level surface. Cover with a single layer of burlap or a cotton sheet. Remove cover after germination. Do not let soil dry out until seedlings are established. Shading with a window screen 12" above soil the first year will help prevent drying. If sowing in containers water from the bottom as necessary.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
How Much Hydrogen Peroxide to Usehttp://mygardeningtips.net/gardening-with-hydrogen-peroxide/
When misting seeds, use 1 1/2 teaspoon 3% Hydrogen Peroxide to 1 cup of water
Sunday, February 2, 2014
9 cell insertsSold Out - Check Back
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Geranium erianthumI just accidentally stumbled upon a picture of a Geranium that looks like one I grew from seed that I was unsure of the identification. The person that shared the seeds with me had them labeled as Wild Geranium, which may make sense because this one is wild to Alaska. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/38334/#b
Although I still think it looks like Geranium pratense as well http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/402/
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Growing Poppies Latehttp://www.papaversomniferumseeds.com/2/post/2011/5/poppy-fl...
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Coir PotsGreenhouse Megastore Coir Strips http://www.greenhousemegastore.com/product/coir-strips/biode...
Round Pots http://www.greenhousemegastore.com/product/round-coir-pots
Square Pots http://www.greenhousemegastore.com/product/square-coir-pots/...
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
72 Cell Refillshttp://www.seedandgarden.com/shop/products/seed-starter-plan...
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Tall Annual GardenCosmos bipinnatus (Feathery foliage makes an ideal backdrop for more solid flowers such as Zinnias)
Nicotiana alata x mutabilis 'Bella'
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Guide to Saving Vegetable SeedsFrom Victory Seeds http://www.vintageveggies.com/information/collecting-and-sto...
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Direct Sown SeedsCosmos bipinnatus (Saved Seeds) also:
~ Burpee Snow Puff
~ Burpee 'Sensation Mix'
Nicotiana alata 'Fragrant Cloud' (Both Purchased and Saved Seeds)
African Foxglove (Saved Seeds)
Dame's Rocket ~ Hesperis matronalis
Scarlet Gilia (Saved Seeds)
Lion's Head (Saved Seeds)
Malva alcea 'Fastigiata' (Saved Seeds)
Verbena bonariensis (Leftover Swap Seed)
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sowing Seeds in Summer*July Sowing Perennials
Agastache Anemone Arabis Asclepias Aubrietia Buddleya Carnation Centaurea Cheiranthus Delphinium Doronicum Erigeron Everlastings Gaillardia Heliopsis Hibiscus Lathyrus Linum Lupins Myosotis Pampas Grass Physalis Polemonium Primula-Malacoides Pyrethrum Scabiosa Statice Venidium Wallflower
*August Sowing Perennials
Achillea Anchusa Aquilegia Armeria Astilbe Bergenia Candytuft Catananche Cerastium Coreopsis
Dicentra Echinops Euphorbia Foxglove Gypsophila Heuchera Hypericum Liatris Lunaria Monarda Ornamental Grass Phlox Platycodon Primula - Acaulis Primula-Polyanthus Saponaria
Stachys Tritoma Veronica
*September Sowing Perennials
Alyssum Anthemis Arenaria Aster Bellis Perennis Campanula Carnation-Tall Centranthus Chrysanthemum Dianthus Echinacea Eucalyptus Felicia Geum Hesperis Hollyhock Leontopodium Lobelia-Cardinalis Lychnis Oenothera Penstemon Physostegia Poppy Primula-Obconica Rudbeckia Sedum Sweet William Verbascum Salvia
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Silver Falls Seedshttp://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/361/
Friday, April 16, 2010
Great Seed Starting GuideThis is a great Seed Starting Database http://www.onrockgarden.com/guide/seedguide.htm
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Johnny's Seeds OrderLarkspur Sublime Brilliant Salmon (Consolida ambigua http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-6881-sublime-brilliant-salmon.a...
Larkspur Sublime White (Consolida ambigua) http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-6863-sublime-white.aspx
Strawflowers Apricot/Peach Mix (Bracteantha bracteata http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-6095-apricotpeach-mix.aspx
Snapdragon Chantilly Deep Orange (F1-Antirrhinum majus http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-7287-chantilly-deep-orange-f1.a...
China Aster Benary's Princess Formula http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-5680-benarys-princess-formula-m...
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Select Seeds Orders597 Flax 'Charmer Mix' Seeds http://fragrantflowerseed.com/products/s597.htm
s664 Four O'Clock 'Salmon Sunset' Seeds http://fragrantflowerseed.com/products/s664.htm
s496 Heliotrope 'Marine' Seeds http://fragrantflowerseed.com/products/s496.htm
s413 Nasturtium 'Caribbean Cocktail' Seeds http://fragrantflowerseed.com/products/s413.htm
s392 Nasturtium 'Milkmaid' Seeds http://fragrantflowerseed.com/products/s392.htm
s375 Nasturtium 'Vesuvius' Seeds http://fragrantflowerseed.com/products/s375.htm
s753 Petunia 'Rainmaster' Seeds http://fragrantflowerseed.com/products/s753.htm
s285 Phlox 'Coral Reef' Seeds http://fragrantflowerseed.com/products/s285.htm
s628 Poppy 'Bridal Silk' Seeds http://fragrantflowerseed.com/products/s628.htm
Link to my Journal Listing http://davesgarden.com/community/journals/vbc/Meredith79/850...
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Fern Leaf Dillhttp://www.neseed.com/Dill_i_Dill_Fern_Leaf_i_p/40151.htm
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Swallowtail Seeds OrderAsclepias incarnata Soulmate http://www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com/perennials/butterfly_w...
Produces absolutely beautiful deep rose pink flowers in large umbels in only 3 months from sowing. They are superb cut flowers, and of course the butterflies find them irresistible. Very long blooming. Grows to 3.5 feet tall and is a stunning background plant. Easy to germinate. Winter hardy to zone 3. Packet is 50 seeds.
( I can't help but want these because it says they bloom in 3 months! Even if it is just to prove this wrong, I have to try them.)
Dwarf Double Mixed Scabiosa http://www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com/annuals/scabiosa.html
Scabiosa atropurpurea - Fragrant fully double pincushion type flowers in shades of scarlet, pink, rose, carmine, white, maroon and purple. Plants grow to 18 inches tall and the blooms appear on wiry stems up to 5 inches long. They are excellent for cutting. Packet is 200 seeds.
Armeria x formosa Hybrids http://www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com/perennials/armeria.htm...
Beautiful blend of pink, rose, coral, lilac and red blooms. Their long stems make them excellent for cutting. Grows 18-24 inches tall. Winter hardy to zone 4. Packet is 100 seeds.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Diane's Seeds OrderAethionema schistosum (Fragrant Persian Stonecress) http://www.dianeseeds.com/aethionema-persian-stonecress.html
Allium rosenbachianum http://www.dianeseeds.com/allium-rosenbachianum.html
Dianthus arenarius (Sand Pink) http://www.dianeseeds.com/dianthus-arenarius.html
Tomato 'Brown Berry' http://www.dianeseeds.com/tomato-brown-berry.html
Antirrhinum majus 'Choice O.P. Mix' (Snapdragon) http://www.dianeseeds.com/antirrhinum-majus.html
Zinnia elegans 'Lilliput Mix' http://www.dianeseeds.com/zinnia-lilliput.html
Cosmos bipinnatus 'Sonata White' http://www.dianeseeds.com/cosmos-sonata-white.html
Cilantro 'Delfino' http://www.dianeseeds.com/cilantro.html
Antirrhinum braun-blanquetii (Perennial Snapdragon) http://www.dianeseeds.com/antirrhinum-braun-blanquetii.html
Aquilegia alpina (Alpine Columbine) http://www.dianeseeds.com/aquilegia-alpina.html
My Journal List http://davesgarden.com/community/journals/vbc/Meredith79/835...
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Everwilde OrderNemophila menziesii (Baby Blue Eyes) http://www.everwilde.com/store/Nemophila-menziesii-WildFlowe...
Gilia capitata (Globe Gilia) http://www.everwilde.com/store/Gilia-capitata-WildFlower-See...
Aquilegia caerulea (Rocky Mountain Columbine) http://www.everwilde.com/store/Aquilegia-caerulea-WildFlower...
Ipomopsis rubra (Standing Cypress) http://www.everwilde.com/store/Ipomopsis-rubra-WildFlower-Se...
Penstemon strictus (Rocky Mountain Penstemon) http://www.everwilde.com/store/Penstemon-strictus-WildFlower...
Gilia tricolor (Bird's Eyes) http://www.everwilde.com/store/Gilia-tricolor-WildFlower-See...
Sphaeralcea coccinea (Scarlet Globe Mallow) http://www.everwilde.com/store/Sphaeralcea-coccinea-WildFlow...
Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea) http://www.everwilde.com/store/Ceanothus-americanus-WildFlow...
Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke) http://www.everwilde.com/store/Geum-triflorum-WildFlower-See...
Hesperis matronalis (Dame's Rocket) http://www.everwilde.com/store/Hesperis-matronalis-WildFlowe...
N. menziesii - An early, Spring blooming beauty, this wildflower's lack of heat tolerance is not usually a big problem. Baby-Blue-Eyes is well named, and everyone seems to love it's small, dainty, soft-blue flowers. Feathery foliage is an elegant backdrop for the cup-shaped, white centered blossoms perched atop this short, spreading plant. A great early season wildflower for both gardens and meadows!
Bloom Time: Spring
Height: 6” to 12”
Spacing: 12” to 15”
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
USDA Zone: 3a-9b
Germination: No pre-treatment needed. Sow seeds just below soil surface at 70F and water
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Botanical Interests OrderCatnip http://www.botanicalinterests.com/store/search_results_detai...
Lemon Balm Organic http://www.botanicalinterests.com/store/search_results_detai...
Savory Summer http://www.botanicalinterests.com/store/search_results_detai...
Thyme Common English http://www.botanicalinterests.com/store/search_results_detai...
Calendula Zeolights Organic http://www.botanicalinterests.com/store/search_results_detai...
Daisy (Painted) Robinsons Blend http://www.botanicalinterests.com/store/search_results_detai...
Morning Glory Heavenly Blue http://www.botanicalinterests.com/store/search_results_detai...
Penstemon Cambridge http://www.botanicalinterests.com/store/search_results_detai...
Poppy California White Linen http://www.botanicalinterests.com/store/search_results_detai...
Portulaca Double Blend http://www.botanicalinterests.com/store/search_results_detai...
Virginian Stock http://www.botanicalinterests.com/store/search_results_detai...
Jupiter's Beard Centurion Shield http://www.botanicalinterests.com/store/search_results_detai...
Sunflower Mammoth Russian Organic http://www.botanicalinterests.com/store/search_results_detai...
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Salvia farinaceaI had some of these in the garden and I don't remember planting them. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/127/
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Territorial Seed OrderTomato Mortgage Lifter http://www.territorialseed.com/product/1169/heirloom_tomato_...
Tomato Sweet Million http://www.territorialseed.com/product/7280/cherry_tomato_se...
Tomato New Hampshire Surecrop http://www.territorialseed.com/product/1168/s
Tomato Viva Italia http://www.territorialseed.com/product/1161/s
Papaver rhoeas Falling in Love http://www.territorialseed.com/product/741/s
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Chrysanthemum carinatumThis is what I ended up with from a pack of seeds from Lowe's that had a picture of Painted Daisys. Will post pic.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Forgot to Record Starting Date / Germination DatePapaver Laurin's Grape
*Added 4/17 - Winter sown salad tray began germinating about 5 days ago.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Seedling ProtectionThings that will enable meto plant out earlier.
Bio Fleece Blanket $12.95 http://www.greenhousecatalog.com/fleece-blanket-p-666.html
4' x 8' Shade Cloth $35 http://www.greenhousecatalog.com/shopping_cart.php?keywords=... (other sizes available)
These aren't in this category but are other things I am interested in from this company.
Rooter Pots $13.95 Standard Set of Four http://www.greenhousecatalog.com/rooter-pots-p-662.html
PortablePotting Tray $14.95 http://www.greenhousecatalog.com/portable-potting-tray-p-627...
Humidity Trays $59.95 http://www.greenhousecatalog.com/grow-show-framed-humidity-t...
Words in Stone $20 http://www.greenhousecatalog.com/words-stone-p-270.html
Stone Garden Markers $20 http://www.greenhousecatalog.com/stone-garden-markers-p-269....
They seem to have alot of stuff. http://www.planetnatural.com/site/floating-row-cover.html
Floating Row Covers http://www.heirloomseeds.com/supplies.htm
Tunlcover $19.95 http://www.gardensalive.com/product.asp?pn=15468
Floating Row Covers $9.95 & up http://www.gardensalive.com/product.asp?pn=2005
U Pins $4.95 http://www.gardensalive.com/product.asp?pn=8786
Monday, March 16, 2009
Seed Starting Supplies for Next YearNovosel Seedling Trays and Flats Page http://www.novoselenterprises.com/products/seedlingtrays.asp
Seedling Tray 12 cell (Good for sowing seeds with erratic germination - for pricking out into individual cells.) http://www.novoselenterprises.com/products/single.asp?ID=593...
Seedling Tray 32 cell (Good for fast growing seedlings that get big fast, or to sow seeds with low germination rates.) http://www.novoselenterprises.com/products/single.asp?ID=564...
(last year I tried these http://www.novoselenterprises.com/products/single.asp?ID=535... but they tip over too easy even when filled in an entire flat. Caused seedling damage. I would only use them again with this carrying tray)http://www.novoselenterprises.com/products/single.asp?ID=1025)
Seedling Tray 72 cell (This is the one I use for most seeds - Although I prefer a 72 cell that is perforated into 9 cell packs which I can't seem to find anywhere this year.) http://www.novoselenterprises.com/products/single.asp?ID=570...
These would be called (1020 8-09 Inserts)
Here are some places that have them:
$1.79 http://doitbest.com/Potting soil and peat moss-Ferry Morse S...
I also like the ones that have 8 sections with 6 per section so that the inserts fit interchangeably together.)
10 for $8.00 http://www.greenhousemegastore.com/Traditional-Inserts-Hobby...
12 for $13.95 http://www.harrisseeds.com/Storefront/p-2022-pack-dillen-806...
Found some on ebay - http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=235744007...
Also some here -not sureif they can be ordered #35500-IKN0809 http://www.americanhort.com/containers3.html
There is a minimum of $100 for an order - they also have the 809 so order both:
806 TRADITIONAL Insert 100/cs 72/pal #35500-IKN0806
809 TRADITIONAL Insert 100/cs 72/pal #35500-IKN0809
This year these 48 cell inserts were the smallest size the Nashua Farmers Exchange had, I bought them there.
Inserts for 1020 flats are described by the number of tear-away sections per sheet and the number of growing cells per section. One sheet of inserts fit into a 1020 flat. An "8-06" insert has 8 sections, each with 6 cells, for a total of 48 growing cells per sheet. Each of the 8 sections can be broken off along perforations into a block of 6 plants. A "8-09" has 8 sections with 9 cells each for a total of 72 cells per sheet. http://pcf.aces.uiuc.edu/1020flat.html
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Light SetupHere is the temporary light set up I am using until it gets warmer in the garage. This picture was taken when I started my first seeds a few weeks ago.It is pretty much full now. I need to slow down on how many more things I start until the weather warms up a little.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Dahlias From Last Years Seed Startinghttp://www2.snapfish.com/slideshow/AlbumID=274127538/Picture...
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Salvia Coral Nymph from Last Years Seed Startinghttp://www2.snapfish.com/slideshow/AlbumID=274127538/Picture...
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Help! I Bought More Seeds!I have caved in to my seed addiction yet again..... here's what I couldn't resist from diane's seeds.
ooh and I hate to admit it because I feel ripped off ..... but T&M too http://davesgarden.com/community/journals/vbc/Meredith79/732...
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I Got My Novesel Order Today.I got a bunch of stuff to make my watering and moving of seedling trays and pots around, easier.
I am extra happy that the 3.5" square pot holders fit right in the trays for easy bottom watering.
I also got the regular open web type for cell packs. My watering will be cut into a quarter of the work yah hoo!! : )
Also I found some sprouts that I wasn't expecting so quickly. I had great germination on my Red Hot Pokers from the swap, they were from Cordeledawg Thank You!! : ) They are germinating like mad! One cell has at least 6 sprouts!
Plus I had a few sprouts in things I thought I was going to have to give a cold treatment. I sowed them and left them on the top of my fridge for a few days and I have a couple just starting to push up! Callivirhoe is one and Geranium maculatum. These were from Tuink - Thank You!!
I had a couple sprouts from some of my own stash which is an experiment. Glandularia canadensis - now these are impossible to find for sale so I wanted to experiment before I offered any to trade or swap, to be sure I was getting good seed. Plus I only had a single plant and collecting the seeds was very tedious. Hopefully I can get enough plants going this year to have plenty 'o' seed for next years swapping and trading. : )
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Seed Starting SuppliesThis is Stuff I Found the Best Prices and Selection From Novosel http://www.novoselenterprises.com/default.asp
Greenhouse Kits http://www.novoselenterprises.com/products/greenhousekits.as...
Replacement Flats http://www.novoselenterprises.com/products/single.asp?ID=131...
Web Flats (for easy watering) http://www.novoselenterprises.com/products/single.asp?ID=332...
Plastic Labels (shortest best so not to get in way of domes and lights) http://www.novoselenterprises.com/products/single.asp?ID=861...
3.5" Deep Square Pots for Potting Up http://www.novoselenterprises.com/products/single.asp?ID=301...
Carrying Trays for 3.5" Square Pots http://www.novoselenterprises.com/products/single.asp?ID=535...
Atlas Nitrile Gardening Gloves- Best gloves ever! - http://www.palmflex.com/atlas2.htm
Pretty Much any Pro-mix brand mix labeled as good for starting seeds.
The big compacted size should get you through a whole season even if you are starting 150 kinds of seeds like I usually do.
These are things you could find at Walmart or similar stores.
Mop Bucket - for moistening and mixing potting mixes, also comes in handy for sanitizing pots or tools.
Dish Bucket - Square Shaped - good for sanitizing pots and tools and for filling pots and seedling flat inserts without getting dirt on the counter or floor.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Diane's Seeds WishlistYour Shopping Cart
Item Options Quantity Remove Amount
Nicotiana alata 'Fragrant Cloud' (Flowering Tobacco) $2.00 USD
Emilia coccinea 'Scarlet Magic' $2.25 USD
Larkspur 'Kingsize Scarlet' $2.25 USD
Monarda citriodora (Lemon Bee Balm) $2.25 USD
Linaria maroccana 'Northern Lights' (Toadflax) $2.00 USD
Lavatera trimestris 'Mont Blanc' $2.00 USD
Lupinus densiflorus aureus (Yellow Lupine) $2.00 USD
Linaria reticulata 'Flamenco' (Toadflax) $2.25 USD
Lupinus succulentus (Arroyo Lupine) $2.00 USD
Verbena tenuisecta (Moss Verbena) $2.25 USD
Verbena rigida (Rough Verbena) $2.00 USD
Agastache cana (Bubble Gum Mint) $2.25 USD
Cheiranthus cheiri 'Blood Red' (Wallflower) $2.00 USD
Digitalis obscura (Sunset Foxglove) $2.25 USD
Digitalis purpurea 'Alba' (Foxglove) $2.25 USD
Dracocephalum tanguticum (Dragonhead) $2.25 USD
Linum narbonense 'Heavenly Blue' (Blue Flax) $2.50 USD
Lychnis coronaria 'Alba' (White Rose Campion) $2.25 USD
Linum perenne 'Saphyr' (Blue Flax) $2.00 USD
Subtotal: $41.00 USD
Saturday, January 17, 2009
SUZY"S SEED STARTING INFO FROM '08' PIGGY SWAPAnnuals need a true head start. A 14-16 week head start-in Jan.
Rudbeckia (annual-Indian summer)
Dates based on average last frost date of April 22 to get the sizes of plants a home gardener needs for set out. These are probably not the dates a commercial grower would use.
Begonia 'Bada Boom' — Feb week 1
Dusty Miller — Feb week 2
Gazania 'Daybreak Pink Shades' — Feb week 2
Gomphrena — Feb week 2
Hibiscus 'Luna Pink Swirl' — Feb week 2
Hibiscus 'Red Shield' — Feb week 2
Salvia farinacea (blue salvia) — Feb week 2
Alternanthera 'Royal Tapestry' — Feb week 2-3
Dianthus — Feb week 2-3
Digitalis — Feb week 2-3
Heliotrope — Feb week 2-3
Salvia splendens types ( red salvia etc) — Feb week 2-3
Angelonia - Annual (Grow with impatiens) — Feb week 3
Impatiens — Feb week 3
Nemesia - about 10 weeks before last frost, grow cool. — Feb week 3
Heliotropium 'Marine Lemoine' — Feb week 3
Osteospermum 'Asti White" — Feb week 3
Ornamental chilis — Feb week 3
Salpiglossis (Painted Tongue) - says Mar 1, but also says 10-12 weeks — Feb week 3
Torenia - 10-12 weeks before last frost — Feb week 3
Coreopsis— Feb week 4
Gaillardia — Feb week 4
Hibiscus — Feb week 4
Hollyhock — Feb week 4
Heuchera — Feb week 4
Milkweed — Feb week 4
Statice — Feb week 4
Marjoram — Feb week 4
Oregano — Feb week 4
Petunias — Feb week 4
Portulaca — Feb week 4 or Mar week 1
Marigolds — Feb week 4 or Mar week 1
Six weeks ahead of time, about March week 2
Six Weeks: Cutting Ageratum, China Asters, Celosia, Cleome, Coleus, Nepeta Catmint, Forget-Me-Nots, Dahlia, Helichrysum, Globe Amaranth, Nicotiana, Platycodon, Scabiosa, Snapdragons and Thunbergia
Salvia farinacea (blue salvia) 2/7
dusty miller 2/7
Salvia splendens types ( red salvia etc)- 2/14
impatiens 2/14 and 2/21
ornamental chilis 2/14
petunias 2/21 and 2/27
Abutilon Bella Mix - says sow April 1, blooms in 80 days. (Mar 22)
Accroclinium - This species prefers direct seeding (May 1)
Angelonia (Annual) - Feb 14 (Grow with impatiens)
Aster (Annual) - Direct sow Apr 15, or start indoors Mar 15
Basil - Indoors Apr 1 or direct sow May 15. (Apr 1)
Bells Of Ireland - WS. It needs a week of cold, then to fluctutate between 85 and 50 degrees to germinate.
Brachycome (Swan River Daisy) Direct Sow May 1 (May 1)
Celosia - Needs heat; Do not sow before Apr 1st.
Heliotrope - slow; start indoors by Mar. 1st for July blooms.
Kochia scoparia (Burning Bush) - Easily grown from seed outdoors.
Lobelia Annual Dwarf/Trailing (Jan 25)
Lobelia Upright - 14 weeks (Jan 14)
Nemesia - about 10 weeks before last frost, grow cool. (Feb 12)
Nemophila - warm soil with bell jar and direct sow April 15. Cool season annual (Apr 15)
Nolana - Mar 1 for April 15 set out after frost (cool season) (Mar 1)
Osteospermum Hardy Annual. Cool Season annual, full sun. 80 days, but wants daytime temps below 75.
Phacelia Annual - Direct sow as soon as ground can be worked (needs hot, dry, full sun)(Mar 15)
Phlox Annual - Best thinly sowed in a flat and transplanted HOS. Weakest seedlings are best colors. (Mar 1)
Reseda odorata (Mignonette) - Direct Sow (May 1)
Salpiglossis (Painted Tongue) - says Mar 1, but also says 10-12 weeks (Feb 20)
Torenia - 10-12 weeks before last frost (Feb 12)
Saturday, January 3, 2009
This was a cool list of seed collecting dates.This was a cool list of seed collecting dates from Wisconsin where the usda zone is a Zone 5
Friday, January 2, 2009
Seed Starting LIst so far - '09'Scientific Name Common Name Sowing
(PURCHASES FROM '08')
Agastache cana 'Purple Pygmy' (7sds)
Alcea rosea Hollyhock Lightly Cover (Start Feb for pos.1st yr flwrs)
Antirrhinum majus 'Rocket Red' Snapdragon Surface Sow / Press In
Aureolaria grandiflora False Foxglove Parasitic on Oak
Castilleja coccinea Indian Paintbrush Direct Winter Sow (near suitable host plants)
Citrullus lanatus 'Shining Light' Watermelon Direct Sow in Spring - Tender
Cleome serrulata (25sds) Rocky Mountain Beeplant Winter Sow
Cosmos bipinnatus 'Gazebo Red' Cosmos Cover Lightly - 2-3 wks
Cosmos bipinnatus 'Versailles Red' Cosmos Lightly Cover - Indoors 4-6 wks
Delphinium nudicale 'Laurin' Dwarf Scarlet Larkspur
Dianthus barbatus interspecific 'Amazon Neon Duo' Sweet William 10 -12 wks* Needs Light to Germ.*
Gaillardia pulchella 'Red Plume' Blanket Flower Press In / Barely Cover
Gomphrena haageana 'Strawberry Fields' Globe Amaranth 6-8 wks Cover to thickness - heat mat okay
Ipomoea sloteri (15sds) Cardinal Climber
Lathyrus odoratus 'Firebrand' Sweet Pea Soak 24 hrs / 1/4" in Darkness
Lupinus hybrid 'My Castle' Lupine Chip or Soak Overnight / Lightly Cover
Lupinus regalis 'Morello Cherry' (28sds) Lupine
Lychnis chalcedonica 'White' Maltese Cross
Monarda didyma 'Panorama Red Shades' Beebalm 8-10 wks Lightly Cover or Surface Sow?
Nicotiana hybrida 'Perfume Red' Flowering Tobacco Lightly Cover
Penstemon hartwegii 'Scarlet' Beardtongue 1/4" deep (direct sowing)
Phaseolus coccineus (7sds) Scarlet Runner Bean
Salvia azurea 'Grandiflora' (75sds) Wild Blue Sage
Sidalcea x hybrida 'Rosanna' Hollyhock Mallow Press In / Lightly Cover
Silene compacta aka S. orientalis Catchfly 8-10 wks Cover to thickness
(OLDER PURCHASED SEED '06')
Cucumis sativus 'Bush Champion' (19sds) Cucumber
Helianthus annuss 'Mammoth' Sunflower
Petroselinum crispum var. neapolitanum 'Burpee' Italian Parsley
Phlox drummondii Annual Phlox
Salvia coccinea Scarlet Sage
Zinnia elegans 'Purple Prince' Zinnia
(FROM MY GARDEN)
Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lantern' Columbine Winter Sow
Delphinium grandiflorum 'Blue Butterfly' Dwarf Chinese Delphinium
Dianthus barbatus 'Red' Sweet William
Dianthus barbatus 'Sooty' Sweet William
Dicentra eximia Fringed Bleeding Heart Winter Sow
Glandularia canadensis Rose Verbena Winter Sow
Ipomopsis aggregata Scarlet Gilia
Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline' Oswega Tea Winter Sow
Pennisteum 'Purple Majesty' Millet
Penstemon barbatus 'Iron Maiden' Iron Maiden Winter Sow
Petunia integrifolia Wild Petunia
Petunia 'Wave Misty Lilac' Mother's Day Petunia
Salvia microphylla 'Red Velvet' Cherry Sage
Spigelia marilandica Indian Pink Winter Sow
Thermopsis chinensis 'Sophia' Partridge Pea ?
Tithonia rotundifolia 'Torch' Mexican Sunflower
Verbena stricta Hoary Vervain
Zinnia elegans 'Mix' Zinnia
Zizia aptera Heart Leaf Alexanders Winter Sow
(LEFTOVER SAVED SEED '07')
Asclepias curassavica Scarlet Milkweed
Tithonia rotundifolia Mexican Sunflower
Zinnia elegans 'Bicolor Pink' Zinnia Direct Sow in Spring
Zinnia elegans 'Magneta' Zinnia Direct Sow in Spring
Zinnia elegans 'Purple' Zinnia Direct Sow in Spring
Ipomoea purpurea 'Grandpa Ott's' Morning Glory Direct Sow in Spring
Lablab purpureus (3sds) Purple Hyacinth Bean Vine
Lunaria annua Money Plant
Mesembryanthemum Ice Plant Direct Sow in Spring
Mimulus guttatus Seep Monkeyflower Winter Sow
(FROM SEED SWAP)
Wednesday, December 31, 2009
Seed Envelopes2.5" x 4" Printer Labels 100 sheets - 800 labels $16.95 http://www.onlinelabels.com/ol600.htm
with These Coin Envelopes 500 - $18.49 http://www.staples.com/office/supplies/p13_Brown-Kraft-Coin-...
Wednesday, December 31, 2009
Organza Bags for Seed Savinghttp://www.yourorganzabag.com/organzabag.htm
Wednesday, December 31, 2009http://www.theboxdepot.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?search=action...
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Fall Frenzy Piggy SwapThis is my list http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=5786337
I didn't send in a wishlist but here is my wants in my tradelist. http://davesgarden.com/tools/tradelist/manage.php?list=want
3. Cosmos - seeds from mix of ‘Sensation’ http://davesgarden.com/tools/journal/showimage.php?eid=18879... & ‘Picotee’ http://davesgarden.com/tools/journal/showimage.php?eid=18879... Lots of colors but these were the only pics I can find right now.
4. Anise Hyssop – Agastache foeniculum http://davesgarden.com/tools/blog/viewimage.php?did=55339 & http://davesgarden.com/tools/blog/viewimage.php?did=55427
5. Wild Bergamont - Monarda fistulosa http://davesgarden.com/tools/blog/viewimage.php?did=55372
6. Tall Verbena - Verbena bonariensis (good for butterflies) http://davesgarden.com/tools/blog/viewimage.php?did=55377 habit http://davesgarden.com/tools/blog/viewimage.php?did=55408
7. ‘Purple Majesty’ Millet
8. Maltese Cross Lychnis chalcedonica http://davesgarden.com/tools/blog/viewimage.php?did=55224 Good for Butterflies & Hummers http://davesgarden.com/tools/blog/viewimage.php?did=55226
9. Lilium michaganense – Look like (Turk’s Cap Lilies - L. superbum) http://davesgarden.com/tools/blog/viewimage.php?did=55345 Great Hummer Plant here. (These aren’t for the faint of heart – the seeds need a warm cycle followed by a cold cycle then a warm again if they’ve been stored. But I got excellent germination from the bunch I started last year. If you sow them immediately upon getting them you could probably skip the first warm cycle and just winter sow them. They’ll need to be stored in the fridge if not sown right away.)
12. ‘Fastigiata’ Mallow – Malva alcea 4’ Tall! http://davesgarden.com/tools/blog/viewimage.php?did=55242
13. Mixed Monarda ‘Panorama’ seeds - http://davesgarden.com/tools/blog/viewimage.php?did=55242
Common Seeds I can send if anyone is interested:
Black Eyed Susans - Rudbeckia speciosa var. sullivanti (AKA ‘Goldsturm’) http://davesgarden.com/tools/blog/viewimage.php?did=55455
Purple Coneflowers – Echinacea purpurea Ultimate Butterfly Plant scroll down to see all the different types it attracts http://davesgarden.com/tools/journal/viewentry.php?rid=20923...
Seeds that I thought were common and didn’t collect - but they have pleny of seeds on the plants and I will if anyone requests them. Or if star thinks she could use them for the Ike victims. P.L.M.K. : ) http://davesgarden.com/tools/blog/viewimage.php?did=55387
Liatris – Button Type Looks like L. ligulistylis http://davesgarden.com/tools/blog/viewimage.php?did=55469 & L. pychnostachya either from white http://davesgarden.com/tools/blog/viewimage.php?did=55380 or purple plant http://davesgarden.com/tools/blog/viewimage.php?did=55407 (white might not come true – I’m still waiting to find out from seeds I started this year.) Also –have L. spicata
Joe Pye Weed – Purple stemmed about 5’ tall one. ‘Atropurpureum’ http://davesgarden.com/tools/journal/showimage.php?eid=18557...
Coreopsis rosea – These are hardy here and spread fast – look like the threadleaf yellow type with very small pink flowers. http://davesgarden.com/tools/journal/showimage.php?eid=18674...
Butterfly Bush ‘Nanho Purple’ – this one attracts the most butterflies here. http://davesgarden.com/tools/blog/viewimage.php?did=55450
New England Aser http://davesgarden.com/tools/blog/viewimage.php?did=55512
Licorice Mint Agastache foeniculum – Tagged: Heavenscent - Carin
Great Blue Lobelia Lobelia siphilitica – Tagged: Seandor; Heavenscent - Carin
Pincushion Flower Butterfly Blue Scabiosa columbaria – Tagged: starlight1153; tcs1366
Sunset Hyssop - Agastache rupestris – Tagged: tcs1366 also ‘Panorama’ Monarda; Joe Pye Weed
Pamsue – L. michiganense; Agastache rupestris
Danita – M.cardinalis; ?Little Lanterns?; D. exaltatum; ‘Fastigiata’; Petunia integrifolia
Perenniallyme – L. michiganense
Maozamom – Sweet William; D. exaltatum
MamawK - Balloon Flower –
gemini_sage – M. cardinalis; ‘Fastigiata’ Mallow
starlight – M.cardinalis
cheles_garden - Sunset Hyssop, Maltese Cross, Little Lanterns and Verbena *Try to send M. cardinalis & Blue Lobelia
Seandor - Blue Lobelia
bluespiral - 'Sooty' Sweet William & Dwarf Balloon Flower
Soothy sweet william
‘Red’ or ‘Sooty’ Sweet William - Dianthus barbatus – Fragrant
Cosmos - seeds from mix of ‘Sensation’ & ‘Picotee’
Wild Bergamont - Monarda fistulosa
Great Blue Lobelia – Lobelia siphilitica – Hummer Plant
Phlox – P. maculata,
New England Aster
mixed monarda and Maltese Cross Lychnis chalcedonica
klstuart – phlox maculata
Heavencent - Echinacea purpurea
Out -1. ‘Little Lanterns’ Columbine – Aquilegia canadensis
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Collecting Butterfly Weed SeedsIt has been raining for a week straight here. Now it's finally partly sunny, so I was out doing a couple things and I pulled off my butterfly weed (A. tuberosa) seed heads. I realized that these are much easier to collect damp! I only took the ones that were starting to split and I just squeezed the pod to keep the fluff in and scraped the seeds out with my nail. It only worked because the fluff was pretty damp. It was much easier than anything else I've done. I have the seeds spread on a paper towel to dry now.
Added 6/11/10 - I had very low germination from these seeds, not sure if it is because of the collection method.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Piggy SwapDatura (First bloom in a basket to keep my little one from accidentally ingesting! - can't be too safe with this one.)
Friday, August 22, 2008
Piggy SwapTall Skullcap - Scutellaria altissima http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/112327/
I am pretty sure these were from Tuink. I love the leaves on the flower stems just as much as the flowers themselves. Very cool plant I probably never would have tried if it weren't for the swap!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Piggy SwapTomatoes from Lebug. I never got around to finishing the spot I had planned for my cottage garden, where I want to mix in my veggies. So I ended up repotting these and they seem to be doing extremely well being pot grown.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Piggy SwapHere are those cool purple annual grass like things from the swap. I can't remember their name at the moment - for some reason. There are also some Verbena bonariensis from the swap in the background, these are one of my new favorites! I hope they reseed themselves : )
Friday, August 22, 2008
Piggy SwapCana indica - I absolutely love these and am hoping I will be able to save the seeds so I can grow a ton of them next year!
Sunday, July 27, 2008Today I collected Maltese Cross seeds. I also attempted to collect Salvia transylvanica but either they don't produce a lot of seeds or I missed the first big batch. I will check the newer flowers for more later in the season. The Monarda bradburiana has seeds that most of may have already fallen. I want to try to get those but I'm breaking for the kids lunch and a thunderstorm is rolling in so it may not happen.
Added - I went out and got the Bradbury Monarda seedheads just as it was starting to sprinkle.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
CannasToday I potted up cannas to the next size pots. They are getting too big to fit under lights.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Bird of Paradise Shrub
are my biggest seedlings.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Kind of Winter SownI placed flats on my unheated porch and the following things recently germinated........
Stachys coccinea 'Chinook'
I moved them to my patio greenhouse so hopefully I will not have to harden them off.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Germination UpdateToday I found germinated
Campanula persicifolia - sown on 4/6
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Today's Seed StartingToday I started all the Campanula and Delphinium from Suzy's swap.
Campanula latifolia - Great Bellflower
Campanula carpatica 'Blue Clips' - KD2000
Campanula persicifolia Peachleaf Bellflower
Campanula takesimana 'Elizabeth' Korean Bellflower
Campanula takesimana 'Cream' Korean Bellflower
Campanula trachelium Nettle-Leaved Bellflower
Delphinium grandiflorum 'Blue Butterfly' - 12"-15"
Delphinium x elatum 'Blue Mix'
Argeratum houst. - 'Leilani Blue - from Bluespiral
Lagurus ovatus Bunny Tail Grass - from Bluespiral
Datura inoxia - from Bluespiral
Digitalis lutea - Straw Foxglove
Mimulus tigrinus - Monkeyflower 'Red & White' + 'Red & Yellow' - WZ
Brugmansia 'White' - from Fairy1004 T
Lavatera 'Ruby Regis' - from Colchie
?Osteospermum fruticosum? Blue Eyed Daisy - from Lebug T http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plant_finder/plant_pag...
Mirabilis 'Red Glow' - from my garden
I also started some Burpee seeds that were purchased in 2005. We will see if they are still good. They had no special storage.
Sage (only 4 seeds) Salvia officinalis
Basil (lots) Ocimum basilicum
Italian Parsley (lots)
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Annuals Seed Starting ScheduleIdea for when to start seeds, from http://www.inthegardenonline.com/features_annualsscheduleB20...
Geranium - 18 wks
Petunias - 12 wks
China Aster - 8 wks
Cosmos - 8 wks
Salvia - 8 wks
Zinnia - 8 wks
Bachelors Buttons - 6 wks
Marigold - 6 wks
Tomatoes - 8 wks & 14 wks later Direct Sow Second Crop
Cucumbers - 6 wks & 10wks later Direct Sow Second Crop
Melons - 4 wks
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Todays GerminationI have found these germinated...
Morello Cherry Lupine - Sown 3/26
Purple Majesty Pennisteum - Sown 3/21
Chinook Stachys - Sown 3/21
Calendula - Sown 3/25
Shasta Daisy - Sown 3/25
Sweet William Catchfly - Sown 3/25 (these germinated a couple days ago)
Blackberry Lillies are looking almost ready for lights - Sown 2/1- had cold for a few weeks
Hyssopus officinalis - Sown 3/26
Siberian Blues Dianthus - Sown 3/26
Trifolium incarnatum - Sown 3/27
Salvia transylvanica - Sown 3/26
Coreopsis tincotoria - Sown 3/25
Blue Bedder Salvia - Sown 3/26
Coral Salvia - Sown 3/26
Pink Monarda - Sown 3/26
Red Petunia - Sown 3/26
Saturday, March 29, 2008
I Love This Time of YearTonight I had my daughter helping me fill cups with mix and she said "I love this time of year, I help momma plant seeds." (:
We transplanted 18 Double Extreme Dahlia sprouts into individual cups. I want it to be able to see the individual plants when they are blooming so I can cut the ones I don't want seeds from. I learned from mixed zinnia seeds that when you have more than one seedling growing together it becomes very hard to tell which plant the flowers are coming from.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Todays Seed StartingI went out to the cold room today looking for something I could not remember if I'd started and I found both packs of Party Girl Minature Hollyhocks with lots of germination! It has been in the high 20's to low 30's at night and mostly low 40's during the day. Yesterday it warmed up to 56F so that must be a good temp for them to germinate! I know this because I was just out there checking the flats a day ago and they weren't germinated then.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Todays Seed StartingI sowed half of each pack of Hollyhock seeds I received from Suzy's swap. I used small plastic dixie cups with holes punched in bottom, put inside ziplock baggies. I plan on pricking them out as they sprout. I sowed half of the packs so I could sow them again next spring, since they are biennial.
I have read a few references that Hollyhocks might bloom the first year from seed if started early indoors, one said January another said late winter. So we will see what happens from a sowing the last week of winter. Some said it was the cultivar Indian Springs that is considered an annual because it blooms the first year. These are what the packs said on them:
- Indian Springs
- Mixed Magneta & Light Pink
- Mixed Pinks & Purples
Most likely these last two are the traders name - because I did a search to see if there are Hollyhocks with these names with no results:
These will be fun to see what colors I get, I hope I get some reds, which is the color I want most.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Todays Seed StartingToday I took Flat 2 out of the cold, for germination. http://davesgarden.com/community/journals/vbc/Meredith79/578...
Potted up 3 Canna indica and 12 Lupinus perennis to 3" pots, and watered all the seedlings.
Added 2 pks of seeds that should be either Painted Daisy or Feverfew to a partial tray on the top of fridge.
Filled 3 trays with pro mix.
Sowed 1st tray with...
Penstemon heterophyllus 'Blue Springs'
Salvia azurea 'Grandiflora'
Put in unheated room.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Todays Seed StartingToday I started soaking some Lantana camara http://www.floridata.com/ref/L/lant_c.cfm & Baptisia australis http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/Plant.asp?cod... seeds in hot tap water.
I have also sown flats with..
Lunaria annua http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/794/ & http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/weeds/plants/money_plant...
Cardinal Flower http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/379/ & http://www.floridata.com/ref/L/lobe_car.cfm
Blue Lobelia http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/133/ & http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/wetland/plants/gb_lobeli...
*Geranium erianthum http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/38334/
*A. canadensis Wild Columbine http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/464/ & http://www.floridata.com/ref/A/aqui_can.cfm
Dalea purpurea Purple Prairie Clover (Used seed from a trade for this 2nd batch) http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/55188/ & http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/Plant.asp?cod...
Some other things I've started recently were Verbena bonariensis http://www.hort.wisc.edu/mastergardener/Features/flowers/Vbo... & Coreopsis lancelota. I had to try these after I saw this picture http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=4097661
More seeds started today...
* Amsonia tabernaemontana Eastern Bluestar (potential 'spring' nectar plant)
Phlox maculata Meadow Phlox (nectar plant)
Physostegia virginiana Obedient Plant (potential hummingbird nectar)
Zizia aurea Golden Alexanders (potential host for Black Swallowtails)
another batch of - Nepeta cataria Catmint (for my kitty friends & possibly hb nectar)
These were sown with help from Shay (my 3 year old) they were big enough for her to help with....
Hibiscus syriacus Rose of Sharon (potential nectar plant; very late to leaf out, try in front of evergreens)
Kniphofia uvaria Red Hot Pokers (potential hb nectar; may not be hardy for me)
These I did in plastic dixie cups with holes punched in bottom and placed in a sealed zip lock type baggy..
Salvia guarantica (from black & blue parent that made it through a Z5 winter, in a protected spot)
Antennaria 'Red Hybrids'- This is a leftover from 07 - no luck direct sowing them last year- trying again.
*Molucella laevis Bells of Ireland - There are not very many green flowering plants, have to try it.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
First Year FlowersThese look like nice Geraniums to try in the future http://www.hardyplants.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PRO...
Sunday, February 17, 2008
*Started from Suzy's Seed SwapToday I started these:
*Knautia macedonica (IMG.) Love this photo I found in google images. The leaves in the background look like iris leaves. This gives me an idea to use Blackberry Lilies with them.
*Filipendula rubra- Link to image: http://www.robsplants.com/plants/FilipRubra.php - These remind me of Astillbes
*Tricyrtis formosana 'Samarai' - Link to image: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/123701/ - I wonder what the chance is of getting variegated foliage?
*Actaea simplex http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/Plant.asp?cod...
*Stachys minor http://www.lazyssfarm.com/Plants/Perennials/S_files/S_Images...
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Wishlist of SeedsBaltimore Checkerspot - Host Plant for Uplands (Alternative to Chelone which is found in moist soil in Lowlands) (May shift to Plantago or Ash after dispause)
Aureolaria flava (closest I could find) is Aureolaria pedicularia http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/galleries/aureolariapedi...
Seed Source: Hardyplants.com http://hardyplants.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&St...
Friday, February 1, 2008
Seed Starting 2008I have finally started some seeds. I scarified and soaked 3 - Red Bird of Paradise seeds, I thought these might be fun as a houseplant in winter and out by the pool in summer. The next day I scarified and soaked 3 types of iris seed, I have to change their water everyday for 4 days then I'll sow them or use a paper towel and baggy. Not sure yet. Last night I finally started a flat - I have 6 different things in it -
2 types of Phlox - 'David' & straight species (paniculata)
Allium stellatum - Prairie onion
False Red Yucca
Dicentra eximia - Wild Bleeding Heart
Now I am just waiting to see some green!
Monday, January 28, 2008
Easy Hardening OffI always have a hard time with hardening off and I'm always looking for ways to make it a little more fail proof. This year I am going to try the following method.
Get some cheapo plastic laundry baskets from the dollar store....you may even have some on hand already. Use the baskets that have a wide open-weave pattern in their sidewalls. Invert them over the flats of seeds you are hardening off outside. Put a brick or an old cooking pot filled with water on the basket to weight it down and keep it from blowing away. The baskets allow for some air flow but will protect the seedlings from direct overhead sunshine which will sunscald them, they will get filtered indirect light through the sidewalls and that is sufficient for the the first week.
If you dip below 45 degrees at night you should bring the seedlings inside for the evening, but if it's been a very sunny day and the deck or patio where your flats are has absorbed a lot of solar-heat then you can simply toss a heavy blanket over the laundry baskets and at night the deck/patio will radiate it's retained warmth back into the air trapped under the basket by the blanket.
After about a week outdoors you can remove the basket for the early morning or afternoon, but still cover the flats with the baskets for midday. Obviously, if it's overcast, you won't have to worry too much about sunscald, but on sunny days it's a danger to the seedlings. It takes about two weeks to get indoor-started seedlings hardy enough to stay outdoors without protection once frosty nights have passed.
During the hardening-off period it is vital that you check the soil moisture of the flats on a daily basis. Most flats will need a thorough watering if it has been a sunny and/or windy day.
From Gardenweb Seed Starting Forum Faq