Seed Starting Basics with Joe Lamp'l
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Seed starting is such a joyful and empowering experience for any plant parent. The reward of successfully taking a dormant seed, germinating it and nurturing it into the full plant that it’s destined to become encourages more mindfulness and joy in the garden. However, it can also be intimidating and stressful for many. In this episode, Joe Lamp’l of Joe Gardener discusses some common seed-starting challenges and how to overcome them, as well as some tips for starting your own seeds.

In this episode, we learn:

  • [02:02] Jessica's Zweig’s Be. book and branding agency
  • [03:03] Why seed starting is a lifelong skill
  • [05:43] About Joe Lamp’l
  • [09:42] Why starting your own seeds and doing it organically is very important
  • [17:45] Maria’s definition of “Gardener's Itch”
  • [20:53] How to keep track of your seeds over multiple seasons
  • [28:16] The key date to understand when starting seeds
  • [34:14] For a home gardener, these plants are too hard to start indoors
  • [39:52] How to read a seed packet
  • [40:50] How deep should you plant seeds?
  • [53:25] Things you need to know before buying a germination mat
  • [56:08] How long do seeds last?
  • [01:02:38] The importance of dampening your seed starting mix before you plant your seeds
  • [01:03:52] Which light is best suited for your seeds?
  • [01:07:13] How do you water your seedlings?
  • [01:12:19] How to avoid overwatering and underwatering your seeds
  • [01:15:24] Joe Lamp’l greenhouse updates

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For a detailed list of must-have and must-know when seed starting,

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