Besides protecting plants from wind or cold, building up cutin is another good reason for hardening off seedlings before transplanting in your garden. To do this you have to get seedlings used to the outdoors slowly.
It’s April 3 (not really, but let’s pretend) and the temperature still drops below 32 degrees at night, but I’m already eating lettuce. The secret is combining winter sown lettuce in a cold frame or hoop house. Want to know how I’m doing it?
Measure soil temperature with a soil thermometer to decide when to transplant vegetable seedlings. Plant too soon and you could damage your plants.
A few fungus gnats on vegetable seedlings may seem harmless, but the larvae could be eating the roots. Beneficial nematodes, Neem oil and sticky traps work for getting rid of gnats.
Two thrifty and eco-friendly ways to hold the soil when starting seeds indoors are soil blocks and paper pots. Read this comparison of the two methods.
Pre-sprouting seeds can get you a head start on vegetable seedlings. It can also improve germination rates. But is pre-sprouting small seeds worth the extra effort? I tested it to find out.