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8 Ways to Trellis Tomatoes

8 Ways to Trellis Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the prizes of the home vegetable garden, but they can become difficult to manage when they get large. Most gardeners choose to support tomatoes with a trellis or cage to keep them under control. We're going to share eight creative ways to train...

Pickling Cucumbers

Pickling Cucumbers

There’s no pickle as satisfying as one you made yourself from cucumbers you’ve grown in your garden. Sure, you might be able to pick up some incredibly delicious jars at your local farmer’s market, but they still won’t quite have that special something. The extra love...

Rows or Beds, Which Are Best?

Rows or Beds, Which Are Best?

When you think of home gardening, what do you imagine? Do you think of a big sprawling backyard garden with lots of rows, or do you think of clusters of beds? Which is the ideal gardening method? You might not be surprised to find out that which is best depends a lot...

Soil Temperature and Germination

Soil Temperature and Germination

Getting your seeds to sprout is more than watering and sunlight. Soil temperature plays a big role in the process. Seeds might germinate in less than ideal conditions, but why take the chance? If your seeds are sitting in soil that’s too cold, they may take too long...

Picking A Garden Spot

Picking A Garden Spot

The first step in planning your garden is deciding on a site to grow. Assess the areas you are considering for your garden to set yourself up for success. Spending just a little time on this vital step will make a huge difference in your experience. You’ll be able to...

Protecting Tender Plants

Protecting Tender Plants

Deciding when to plant your garden can be a tricky business. Even when you’ve planned ahead, sometimes there’s a cold snap that comes late in the season and takes everyone by surprise. Plants you’ve painstakingly grown from seed and hardened off carefully can be...

What is Direct Sowing?

What is Direct Sowing?

Seeds that are sown directly are seeded directly into the soil outdoors, rather than grown from a transplant or started indoors. Whether you direct seed or choose to transplant will depend on the needs of each particular plant, your growing conditions, and some other...

Why Grow Plants from Seed?

Why Grow Plants from Seed?

There are so many benefits to planting seeds! Although it can be a lot of fun to go to a nursery and pick out plants to add to your garden, there are many wonderful reasons to grow your plants from seed whenever possible. It’s gratifying to watch your seeds grow into...

What Plants Grow Well in Shade?

What Plants Grow Well in Shade?

Every gardener wants to make the most of the space in their garden plot. What can you do with shaded areas in your garden? What to do with a garden that is largely shady? Don’t give up hope! Many people enjoy plenty of success in the garden without the typical...

Gardening Basics

Gardening Basics

For even the newest gardeners, creating some magical fruits and flowers can be super simple! We want to give you all of the information you need to succeed, so we’ll cover every base of the gardening basics for you. There are certainly a lot of factors to consider,...

The benefits of urban gardening

The benefits of urban gardening

If you live in the city, you might feel like gardening is almost impossible. Don’t be discouraged! Urban gardening is on the rise and has many benefits for individuals and the community. They are a great way to bring the natural world back to areas that often feel...

Essential Gardening Tools for Beginners

Essential Gardening Tools for Beginners

If you’re just starting a garden, you might be confused about the different supplies you need to get started. Start slowly and add to your collection as you go. It doesn’t take a huge investment to begin. Here is our recommended list of gardening tools for beginners....

Designing a garden for beginners

Designing a garden for beginners

Proven tips for a successful garden Did you know that planning your garden in advance can double your chances of success? This is especially true when you’re gardening because the time you spend making your plan is more than just setting your mind to the task at hand....

How to prune basil

How to prune basil

Growing basil in your garden or on your patio is a cinch. It’s a great way to add some fresh flavor to your table without a lot of work or investment. Considering the price of store-bought basil, it’s a no-brainer in terms of making your garden work for you. A...

How to start peppers from seed

How to start peppers from seed

Some gardeners buy their peppers as seedlings, but it’s not very difficult to start peppers from seed yourself. Whether you prefer sweet peppers or spicy ones, we know you’ll be thrilled when you see how easy it is. Peppers are a popular container vegetable, so even...

A quick guide to tomato flavor profiles by color

A quick guide to tomato flavor profiles by color

Red, Orange, Yellow, Black Tomatoes: do they taste the same? The short answer - no. Tomato flavors vary by color. But you probably already guessed that, right? If you’re new to gardening, odds are you want to try your hand at growing your own tomatoes. Nothing beats a...

Companion Planting and Pollinators

Companion Planting and Pollinators

When you hear about companion planting, what comes to mind? Do you think of the Three Sisters, Corn, Beans, and Squash? Maybe you think of companion planting as a way to repel unwanted pests. It’s certainly true that pairing the right plants can discourage unwanted...

Attracting Hummingbirds

Attracting Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds love bright colorful flowers that provide a lot of nectar! Of course, you can put up a feeder, too, but flowers are the best source of nectar for hummingbirds. Add flowers in large clumps so that the birds can see bright patches to feed on. For the best...

Bring More Bees to Your Garden

Bring More Bees to Your Garden

Bees are busy little workers that don’t get enough credit. They pollinate the crops that feed us, and we would starve without them. We should be excited to share our gardens with them because they will help keep our plants healthy and happy. What a wonderful...

Why start tomatoes from seed? Six good reasons

Why start tomatoes from seed? Six good reasons

Starting tomatoes from seed is a new experience for many gardeners. Many of us are used to buying seedlings that have already been started by someone else. So why even go to all the trouble of starting tomatoes from seed in the first place? Six good reasons to start...

Starting Tomatoes from Seed: Tips & Tricks

Starting Tomatoes from Seed: Tips & Tricks

New gardeners often feel daunted by the idea of starting tomatoes from seed, but it’s not as hard as you think! There are many reasons to start your tomatoes from seed: Seeds give you access to more varieties than you can buy locally at the store. You have more...

Building Better Soil: Preparing to Plant

Building Better Soil: Preparing to Plant

The soil in your backyard may not have all of the ideal qualities for successful plants. If this is the case, don’t fret! Our advice will never leave you garden-less. If you have pH issues or severely dense soil, consider opting for a raised bed or container garden....

Soil: the foundation of your garden

Soil: the foundation of your garden

As we move through the winter months and start to envision our spring gardens, it’s crucial to think about the soil on which these gardens will thrive. In our series of articles about soil, we will explore a multitude of topics so that even the most beginner-level...

Plants that Improve Soil

Plants that Improve Soil

You may find that you don’t have the time or tools to amend the soil for all of the plants you would like to grow. That’s okay because there are other options that still include a garden! If you find yourself in this situation, you may consider just changing up your...

Soil for Containers or Raised Beds

Soil for Containers or Raised Beds

Container gardens are a great option for many situations. If you live in an apartment, have only a small amount of patio space, or are facing some severe issues with your soil you may opt for containers. There are so many different sizes of pots to fit your needs! A...

Soil Quality: Factors that make up an ideal soil

Soil Quality: Factors that make up an ideal soil

To guarantee a successful garden, you want to try to learn as much as you can about your soil. In addition to knowing the type of soil that you have based on its texture, there are a few other important factors to consider. Things like pH, soil structure, organic...

Types of Soil: What is a good basis for gardening soil?

Types of Soil: What is a good basis for gardening soil?

You may or may not recall hearing somewhere that soil is made up of three types of particles: sand, silt, and clay. The composition of these particles determines the type of texture soil you’re working with. It’s good to know this because it can tell us useful...

What is seed scarification?

What is seed scarification?

Scarification is the process of intentionally damaging the outside of a seed coating so that the seed “wakes up” and knows that it’s time to start the germination process. It’s not necessary for all seeds, so check to see if your seed actually needs scarification....

How Do I Transplant My Plants into the Garden?

How Do I Transplant My Plants into the Garden?

Starting your seeds indoors and moving them out to the garden is a fun, rewarding process. Once your seeds have germinated and start to grow into healthy seedlings, you’ll probably start to feel some excitement. You’re almost there! 1. Harden off your plants To get...

Why start seedlings indoors?

Why start seedlings indoors?

Some people just love gardening so much that they want to start their seeds indoors for fun. They get a sense of satisfaction from watching the plant grow from seed to harvest. Spring can’t get here fast enough for these enthusiasts, and they simply need to watch...

Starting Seeds Indoors: Getting Started

Starting Seeds Indoors: Getting Started

Once you’ve decided to get some of your seeds indoors, you’ll want to get together a plan for what comes next. Getting started is fun and easy once you’ve assembled your equipment and seeds. It’s gratifying to watch your plants grow from seed to harvest. In this...

Hardening Off Plants: What Is It? Why?

Hardening Off Plants: What Is It? Why?

The first time you go outside in the bright sunshine after being cooped up inside during winter, what happens? The clothing you wear inside isn’t the same for spending a day outdoors, so you'll probably be dressed differently. You might feel too cold or too hot after...

Equipment for Starting Seedlings Indoors

Equipment for Starting Seedlings Indoors

It’s exciting to buy packets of seeds and imagine what you’ll grow. Sometimes you’ll need to start seeds indoors. Not all seeds transplant well, but many benefit greatly from getting a head start inside. Before you get started, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got...

Starting Seedlings Indoors

Starting Seedlings Indoors

The thought of starting seedlings indoors can be intimidating. It’s not as difficult as it might seem. We have a series of articles to help you get started and grow from seed with confidence. You’ll be surprised at how successful you can be! Why start seedling...

What makes kale a superfood

What makes kale a superfood

Not long ago, kale was used to add some beauty to our lives. It was an attractive decorative plant for gardens that survived even cold weather. It also served as a pretty bit of green to add to your plate. But what exactly makes kale a superfood? Kale's surprising...

How to Read Our Seed Packets

How to Read Our Seed Packets

Getting started with Sow Right Seeds is fun and easy. We’ve done the groundwork and research to help you get started. Most of the information you need to get started is on the back of your seed packet. Description: Here you’ll find out a little bit about the seeds in...

Growing Herbs Indoors

Growing Herbs Indoors

Did you know that you don’t have to have a garden or even warm weather outdoors to grow your own herbs? Some of the best indoor herbs are kitchen staples: thyme, basil, chives, rosemary, mint, oregano, and sage. With a little attention to detail and planning, you can...

Am I Watering Too Much? (Damping Off)

Am I Watering Too Much? (Damping Off)

Have you ever heard of damping off? Sometimes a whole tray of sensitive seedlings can be lost to damping off, causing a lot of frustration. It’s heartbreaking to see your seeds emerge, only to lose them right after!  When the growing environment isn’t controlled,...