TOP TIPS FOR STARTING SEEDS INDOORS:
Starting seeds indoors helps your plants get a head-start. In this video, they present steps to raising healthy plants from seed. After you watch the video, try their online Garden Planner for free to find the best times for planting in your local area and how to ‘harden off’ the seedlings once they are ready to go out into the garden: http://gardenplanner.almanac.com/
From Mark & Ben Cullen’s Monthly Newsletter — GARDENING-RELATED THINGS TO DO IN FEBRUARY:
Kick back with some seed catalogues! You still have plenty of time to explore new varieties and start planning for your 2020 garden. End of February is not too soon to start your cool crops such as cabbage, onion, leeks, leafy greens, chives and parsley – we will be coming in with more seed starting tips next month.
Build a cold frame to get a jump on spring. We encourage resourcefulness in the design process – scrap lumber and an old window on hinges should suffice. Take a look at a few of the cold frames Mark has put together over the years.
Feed the birds. There is not much you can do to improve the view into your backyard at this stage in the season, unless you were to add some birds perched to the dormant shrubbery. Start with quality bird seed as always, and consider a heated bird path to create some respite for our feathered friends – it’s like a trip to the hot-spring spa Scandinave for birds.
If you’re planting a vegetable garden, Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs is your one-stop shopping location for Seed Potatoes, Onions, Vegetable Plants, Packaged Seeds, Organic Compost & Manures for garden enrichment.
Staff are available to help out if you are a first-time gardener looking for advice to start your own veggie patch or they can help advise on getting rid of annoying insects, pests & nuisance animals around your yard and garden.
Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs is your local soil headquarters for bagged soils from the Canadian lawn and garden soils manufacturer, Pefferlaw Peat Products and will perform well when mixed with any soil type.
All Pefferlaw Brand *Certified Organic Soils are safe, natural, free of artificial additives, clay and any by-products and are approved for use in gardening and agriculture by Pro-Cert Canada Ltd.
A University of Guelph 14-week growth trial proved that Pefferlaw Brand *Organic Hanging Basket & Planter Mix and *Organic 3-Way Mix matched and/or surpassed the best-known national brand soils.
Peter Prust, president of Pefferlaw Peat Products, says “We are very pleased with these results. This exercise proves that it is possible to grow healthy, sustainable and bountiful plants without the use of artificial additives. It’s our hope that more people will give their lawns and gardens a fresh start this season by choosing to use our certified Organic products.”
Hanging Basket & Planter Mix is made from peat humus, peat fibre and composted barnyard manure, specially designed for hanging baskets and containers with three natural fertilizing ingredients. It’s lighter than traditional soil mixes, thus reducing strain on hanging apparatus and it retains moisture longer.
Premium Potting Soil is not as light as the Hanging Basket & Planter Mix and contains less peat moss, vermiculite and perlite. This mix is great for potting, re-potting, starting seeds & cuttings.
Potting Soil — A general purpose potting mix to start seeds indoors and to create your own planters and baskets. We have a wide range of types of Potting Soils to get the best results from your flowers all summer long.7
Lawn Dresser Mix is a great way to start a new lawn, to top dress before re-seeding , to boost & repair your existing lawn or to mix in to improve the existing soil. Improves aeration and increases the water-holding capacity of the soil, encouraging healthy, green growth on your lawn.
Top Soil or Black Earth are an economical way to top-dress your lawn and replace clay and mineral soils to improve the existing soil, improving aeration and increases the water-holding capacity. One bag per 9 sq.ft. (i.e. a 3′ x 3′ area). If adding to existing soil, suggested 3 – 1 ratio, depending on the quality of the existing soil.
Cattle and Sheep Manure, will help enrich your gardens to provide an optimum medium for growing the biggest vegetables and flowers with the most abundant blooms. One bag per 12 sq. ft. (i.e. 4′ x 3′).
Organic Compost is composed of peat humus, peat fibre, composted manure and composted vegetable matter. Ideal for improving existing soil, replacing clay & minerals in soils, providing nutrients to feed plant and improving aeration & water-holding capacity of the soil. One bag per 9 sq. ft. (i.e. 3′ x 3′).
Play & Work Sand for installing your backyard and patio projects and for filling the sand box for your little ones to create their own masterpieces.
Coloured Wood Chips and Natural Cedar Mulch as well as various Decorative Stones round out our garden products line for the finishing touch to your gardens and to add a polished curb-appeal to your home. Wood Chips/Mulch are available in 2 cu. ft. size bags and each bag cover 8 sq. ft. (i.e. 2′ x 4′).
Pine Bark Nuggets are also an excellent alternative to mulch to retain moisture in the soil and control unwanted weed growth.