how to germinate and grow from seeds

Let’s talk about gardening, and how to germinate and grow your plants from seeds. In short, the hard carbohydrate in that seed must dissolve, turn to sugar and provide energy to the endosperm in the seed. This process takes from 3 to 25 days to take place. Through that period, all seeds must be kept moist to dissolve the carbohydrates. If they dry out, they die. Starting over again by watering a dry bed will not bring them back to life. Seeds are not Lazarus. Remember this when seeding your lawn or any other seeds you might plant.

OK, enough Biology for the day. Salvia is one of those plants that requires light for proper germination. If you have a growth chamber for germination, set it so the lights are on 16 hours per day.  As you know from this post, it has been requested for my daughter’s wedding.

We know from our research that Salvia requires 10 days to germinate. I plant them around April 1st, and note on the seedling flat the date of expected germination. Keep this seed on the surface. Remember, it needs light to germinate!

Seed Starting in the Conservatory

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 by
sad tomatoe

The Holiday season is over, the decorations are down, the winter has a firm grip on life, and mind begins to dream about the next season. Spring! Last year was not a kind spring. Everything was late. I had to feed my poor bees until the third week of June before pollen finally was available

Plants to grow in the Conservatory, NASA says these Conservatory plants improve air quality, Plants that are fun to grow, beautiful and improve air quality

Some days in Minnesota the word cold just doesn’t describe how it really feels. Painful is more like the correct term. The wind cuts right through your jacket. Your cell phone battery drains, the snow blowing polishes the roadways to pure ice.

The whole state is pretty well shut down today. Schools are closed, the animals at the zoo are working from home. The ski hills are shut down. No one goes out.

What a great day to bask in the sun of the conservatory and watch the flowers bloom on the Thunbergia.

Lay back with a cup of tea and a good book, or in my case, make some raisin bread! Its -30 outside but the infrared thermometer shows the floor temperature to be 78!

You have been thinking about building a greenhouse or conservatory for years.  The photos of conservatories on Houzz, the photos in our gallery, all have painted a picture to you of a lovely retreat. A ‘person/plant’ cave to disappear after a stressful day at work. Where to start? You have read every page on the

Conservatory Interior

I’m often asked the question, “How does a conservatory differ from a sunroom? A greenhouse? An atrium?

For a builder in this niche market, it’s like asking how a T shirt differs from a dress shirt or how a sedan differs from a luxury car. Some things you just know. A car gets you there on 4 wheels, (well most of the time!). A shirt covers your body, right?

A sunroom lets the sun in, right? So why is one a conservatory, the other a sunroom?

Let’s explore. In general terms, quality and longevity make the difference. A sunroom is typically manufactured with lower quality materials than the house it is attached to. Stick built structures by quality carpenters do not fit this discussion, and can be of high quality. Is the roof solid or glass?  Most mass-manufactured sunrooms are the quality level of a trailer home. Thin walls, screws exposed and right through the face surface of the structure, (eventually rusting) low insulation level of the glass and walls. And, how much did it cost?

Professional Conservatory Builders

Monday, 11 November 2013 by

Only hire professional conservatory installers to fit your room

Fairy gardens in the conservatory

Open Letter to Michelle Obama

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 by

Mrs. Michelle Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave Washington DC It’s time to bring your garden inside! We were happy to learn of the bold move you made to restore a garden on the White House lawn  and certainly hope you and the First Family have enjoyed the fruits of your labor. But frankly, it’s time for the

The Art of Window Washing

Thursday, 30 May 2013 by
Window Washing

So, the conservatory got a bit dirty over the winter, did it? Things a bit drab and dusty? This is the time of year when one looks outside and says ‘I will never get it all done!” Leaves just popping out, the kid’s toys in the yard, the dog, oh my! And look at all

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