Seed Starting and Propagation

What’s wrong with my zinnia seedlings?

Question: I planted some zinnias as seedlings. They were doing great but now they look like this. They are indoors, I’ve been putting a grill light on them but they seem somewhere between drowned and parched. The other seedlings in different trays seem to be doing just great. Answer: Frank Wertheim, Extension Educator, Agriculture/Horticulture The […]

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When can I plant lettuce seeds in the ground in my raised bed?

Question: When can I plant lettuce seeds in the ground in my raised bed? I live in Kennebunkport. Answer: Kate Garland, Horticultural Professional Lettuce seeds are quite cold tolerant and therefore can be sown directly in the garden as soon as the soil dries to the point where you aren’t seeing it stick to your […]

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What types of plants can I start at this time of year?

Question: I live in Cape Porpoise and have a cold green house. What types of plants can I start at this time of year? Answer: Tori Lee Jackson, Extension Professor of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties Office At this time of year, days are getting longer and it is very tempting to […]

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How can I extend my gardening season using a hoop tunnel?

Question: We live in Gorham and have several raised garden beds that receive full sun most of the day, at least six to eight hours of direct light even in the winter. We would like to extend the growing season by creating a hoop tunnel over the beds using plastic sheeting. However, we have a […]

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How can I grow Ilex verticillata (winterberry) from the berry (seed)?

Question: How can I grow Ilex verticillata (winterberry) from the berry (seed)? Answer: In answer to your question about growing Winterberry, Ilex vertillata, you can use the berries from current plants. If the berries are still firm enough, put them in a plastic bag and let them ferment. When soft enough (might take a week) […]

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Should I soak my peas to help germination?

Question: Should I soak my peas to help germination? Answer: Yes, soaking the amount of pea seed you wish to plant in your garden in a cup of lukewarm water overnight will help the seed to absorb water and shorten the amount of time they need to germinate. When the soil has warmed up enough […]

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