Plants grow towards their light source. So if you ever notice leaning seedlings be sure to rotate them. This is a common problem when starting seeds on a window sill.
Since I am not starting these seeds in full sun exposure or under lights I rotate the trays every other day in order to achieve even growth. 🌱🌱🌱
Other common problems when starting seeds are:
1️⃣. Weak leggy seedlings- this occurs when the light source for the seedling is not strong enough. If the problem is not quickly corrected the plant can grow tall but weak. Solution - decrease the distance between lights and top of plants.
2️⃣. Discolored leaves- this tells you something is wrong with the plant. Colors can be yellow, brown or even purple. Problems occur for a few reasons- ➡️Nutrient burn occurs when the fertilizer is too strong for the plant. ➡️Nutirent imbalance- under / over fertilization. Follow directions on fertilizer. I usually use 1/4 strength dosage. ➡️Light burn- getting nutrient solution on leaves and then placing directly under the light can lead to burns/brown spots. Solution- if you're going to get water solution on leaves or foliar feed due so before the lights are scheduled to come on. Or simply don't get the leaves wet.
3️⃣. Seedling suddenly dying at the base. Usually caused by seedling blight. Solution- use clean trays. Water the seedlings from the bottom. Do not keep medium excessively moist.
4️⃣. Small bug flies around- Fungus gnats. Solution- water seedlings from the bottom. Improve air circulation around soil/base of the plant. Do not allow growing medium to remain excessively wet. If fungus gnats are excessive you can use yellow sticky traps. .
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New Gardner Tip: When planting squash.
The first time I saw a squash bug I thought "oh look that is a cool looking bug, I'll let it live." Wrong. Wrong x 100000000. These are evil super fast reproducing that will eat all your hard work bugs. Shown here are them in three forms of their life cycle. You are supposed to check your squash plants on a regular basis for their eggs on the under side of leaves and stems. But when you find them it can be difficult to get the eggs off the plant without totally smashing the plant. A tip is to take tape (I love packing tape so I can see them) and use that to get them off your leaves. I also use it to nab the juvenile and adults. #gardeningtip#utahmom#westjordanmoms#westjordan#firsttimegardening#gardening#squashbugs#tipsforgardening#organicgardening
#potting some #carex 🌱
Carex brunnea is a clump forming evergreen sedge. The grassy leaves are a dark green. Throughout the year it produces small green flower/seed heads on long stems, which brown off as they mature.
A great addition to rockeries, wet boggy areas, around pools and ponds.
Very hardy tolerant of many soil conditions. Can be grown in full sun and part shade. Tolerates frosts.
Here’s a little Sunday morning, front porch design trick that will probably make some of my gardening friends cringe. 🌿🌿 For my front porch planters, I mix REAL greenery, typically ferns and hydrangeas, in Nantucket style planters ..... and then I add FAUX hydrangeas for fullness and the blooms. I use the higher end, Hobby Lobby hydrangeas because unless you’re right on top of the planter, you can’t tell that some of the flowers are fake. For parties at my house, I’ll go to Publix, buy the 3 for $12 packs (3 blooms in each) and then just add the fresh cut flowers in the mix. I know that this isn’t an HGTV worthy hack but I have to keep seven children alive; you can’t expect me to keep all my flowers alive too! 🌸
I’ve linked my favorite Nantucket planter from Amazon in my bio. It’s the exact same one featured in high end outdoor design catalogs...but much cheaper. You can also find the self watering version 💕 Image may be subject to copyright.