Thursday, March 7, 2013

Seed Starting

When you overhaul your lifestyle and it becomes all about real food and eating organic, the next logical progression is gardening. You might assume, because of the name of my blog, that I am already a gardener. That is definitely not the case. I am super great at killing anything green. Yes, I've even killed cacti, which are supposed to be the easiest things in the world to grow. However, the cost of organic vegetables can be a budget buster. So, we really are trying to make an effort to grow our own food. I am very thankful that my husband is much better at growing things than I am. One of the best investments we made was a hydroponic tower garden. We are actually having quite a bit of success growing things in there. We also built three 4'x4' garden boxes. We aren't doing as well with those. They have been sitting empty for quite some time.

Up to this point, we have had a very difficult time starting anything growing from a seed. We have had much better success buying seedlings that are already started. However, I was recently asked if I'd like to review a book on seed starting. I immediately jumped at that opportunity. The book is called "Seed Starting - The First Step to Gardening" by Gary Emmett. It is available for Kindle for $2.99. If you are not aware, you don't have to have a Kindle to read the books. You can get a free e-reader for your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

The book is filled with great information. It talks very specifically about planning, seeds, soils, equipment, light, and transferring the sprouted seeds into the garden. I found the information very helpful and can't wait to implement it into our gardening. However, we are a little late getting started for our garden boxes again. The one thing that is the same problem I have with most gardening books, is that they are not written for my climate. The tips for timing and when to plant are not applicable for Florida. For the rest of you, that part will be very useful. I will just have to do a little more calculating to figure out when to start seeds here. Overall, I really like the content of the book and found it to be very useful.

I was given this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation.

1 comment:

Christephi S said...

We lived in Ocala for about 18 months when I was a kid. I remember my step-dad putting in a big garden: tomatoes, peppers, some corn, squash. HOW I ran around barefoot with those fire ants, I'll never know! Point is…he was just a Nebraska farm boy, but he figured out how to grow produce in Florida and I'm sure you will too! :-) Great review and best of luck with your gardening!