Gardening in West Michigan

gardening in west michigan

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Planning on gardening this year and starting from seed? It’s time to get planting!

The last couple of years I’ve grown many of my plants from seed and plan to do it again this year. It’s not only economical, it’s been a great way to involve my children in the growing process. The hardest part is keeping them away from our cats. And trying to remember when to start them all.

A couple of weeks ago, while browsing Pinterest, I came across the site Sprout Robot. This handy site allows you to enter in your zipcode and tells you each week what seeds to plant.

This week (in west MI) we should be planting:

  • Bell Peppers
  • Tomatoes

I’ll be getting a bit of a late start on mine since I’ll be traveling this week. Instead, I plan on getting started next week once I buy my organic starter soil. My seeds have already been purchased, though if you haven’t purchased yours yet, don’t worry – you’re not to far behind yet!

Tips on starting from seed:

  • For best results use a Jiffy greenhouse (I love using these – the plants do very well) as they keep the seeds warm and moist. My friend Diana has a nicely written how-to post on how she starts her seeds.
  • In fact, she has an awesome list of posts on planting from seed.

Part 1: Ordering Seed Catalogs
Part 2: Understanding the differences between Heirloom, Hybrid, GMO, and Organic Seeds
Part 3: Planting Zones, Frost Dates, and Planting Calendars
Part 4. Understanding Succession Planting
Part 5. Spring Time is Near! It’s Time to Start Those Seedlings!
Part 6. Growing Seeds Indoors Under Supplemental Lighting
Part 7. Tending your seedlings
Part 8. Methods of Urban Gardening

  • If you don’t have grow lights, choose an east facing window to place the plants in front of. While a southern facing window seems to make more sense, the extra sun tends to make the plants a bit to spindly.

Do you plant from seed? What are your best tips?

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About donielle

Donielle is a natural momma of two, lover of real foods, and owner and editor of Grand Rapids Natural Living and Naturally Knocked Up. You can usually find her in the kitchen whipping up some nourishing foods, cuddled on the couch reading books to the littles, avoiding the laundry and Mt. Saint Dishes, or tapping away on the laptop. Her husband puts up with her sometimes crazy "hippie" ways, but loves her regardless. Welcome to my home away from home.


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