Like a peanut butter and fluff sandwich, it’s a jiffy quick Friday tip for your veggie garden plus a great activity for this upcoming weekend. For anyone wondering what the above image is, well, these jiffy pellets can get your veggie garden kick started in a 'fluffernutter' snap. It may look like a wafer cookie but these jiffy pellets are compressed, dried pelletized peat moss just waiting to start your select seeds. Insert the pellet into a seed tray, add water and it becomes like instant soil to start your seeds in.
Here are four reasons to consider this Friday jiffy tip.
1) Planting seeds by this method improves germination. For this reason alone, it's worth it. But wait, here's three more.
2) You can plant a myriad of different seed varieties, ones you would never find in an already started grow pack at the local box store or retail nursery center.
3) You can sequence your plantings throughout the growing season. With veggies such as beans, lettuce and select herbs (i.e., cilantro) you want to plant a little every ten days; not all at once.
4) And last but not least, it’s a fun weekend task, especially with your kids or grandkids. You can never start them off too young to love all there is to love about gardening. Planting seeds is a great place to start.
Although this Friday tip is meant to be quick, Steve Goodier reminds us, “It is a mistake to think that moving fast is the same as actually going somewhere.” So let your veggie garden enjoy a slow start and get off on the right foot.
P.S. If you need a fix of colorful imagery and what’s in bloom, you can take a peek at yesterday’s post. In case you missed it, there’s plenty of color and ideas for the ornamental end of your exterior side. http://blog.bilowzassociates.com/2013/05/thursdays-blossoms.html
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