Easy mistakes for growing seedlings!

I was asked to do a blog on my mad ninja skills for starting seeds! I have been seed starting for five years now and while I may not say I am a black belt seed starter I can say I definitely have gotten better!


This is a quick run down of things not to do:

1. Do not let your seedlings dry out…they will start to wilt and the soil will be dry (you can keep a plastic cover on the seed tray)


2. Do not let your seedlings get too wet…you will start to see a moss type growth on top of the soil (you can blow a small fan across the soil to dry it out quicker)

If you can over water and under water I always stay inbetween by watching the soil to see if it looks damp, if so I skip watering, if it looks dry I water so the water flows out of the bottom of the seed tray.

3. Spindly seedlings can be too little light or the light is too far away. Keep the grow lights with a blue spectrum tint a maximum of two inches above the plants.

4. If your not getting seedlings to sprout, you could be underwatering or you don’t have enough heat (try heat mats).

5. Seedling becomes root bound. When your seedlings start to get larger you will want to make sure to pot up the seedlings to larger container. The larger container should be filled with potting soil vs seed starting soil, because potting soil has more nutrients to help the plants grow. Seed starting soil has less nutrients because the seed has most of the nutrients needed.


What are some other issues you have had starting seed? These were my most common issues that I have come across and have dealt with! Hope this little bit helps while you set up your seeds for this year 🌱

Quick update

Hey everyone! I have decided to take a step back from my blogging. I have realized that I do not wish to pursue this as a “money making” venture ever. I want to just put up things that may help you when starting your homestead, or whatever that looks like. I also am using it to just track things I am doing on our homestead.

You will not be seeing weekly consistent posts. Posts will be coming when I have something to write about, but not more or less frequent than that. I can not confirm that I will be on a whole lot in the winter but we have a lot going into setting up some things around the homestead so we will see.

If you want to see when we release new blog posts, go ahead and sign up to join the subscription list and that would probably be the best way to catch the posts!

Hope you enjoy the quality posts I will put out in the future and like that more than just consistent forced posts 🙂

Homemade Paprika

Did you know you can grow and make your own paprika? Paprika is made from dehydrated peppers and then crushed into the powder that you would buy in the store. We made our own paprika for the first time last year, and when we started using it in our cooking I was amazed at the taste difference. Most people know that home grown is normally better than store bought, but I figured this spice would be pretty comparable (BOY WAS I WRONG) and was just doing it for fun.

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Free Seed?!?!

Every gardening season starts with simple, little seeds. These seeds are what kick starts everything and luckily all the plants grown naturally produce seed, which we can save. The way to save seed changes by plant type (pepper vs. tomato) and the type of seeds being produced (hybrid, open pollinated, heirloom). The type of seed matters because once a hybrid seed is planted it can no longer produce viable seed, so if you are saving seed for the next year, you will want either an heirloom or open pollinated variety.

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Stocking up for winter!

I love soups in the winter! I love casseroles and hot dishes! I love dishes that contain lots of diced tomatoes and I like not having to buy these tomatoes because I prepared in the fall. Did you know it is really easy to make and can diced tomatoes?

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Preserving the Harvest

I have had a lot of questions lately about how do we extend the harvest, so I thought I would do a quick over view of different methods to do this. There are a few different methods: freezing, canning, dehydrating, or storing properly. I have and do all four of these methods depending on my different needs. I determine these needs with a simple question…how do I use this item throughout the year?

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Here come tomatoes!

It is tomato season people! I am spotting my first ripened tomatoes and am looking forward to all the great things I will be making with them this fall!

My favorite tomato products to make are salsa, roasted tomato soup, crushed/diced tomatoes, tomato paste and all sorts of experiments. Some of the experiments we have tried in the past are barbecue sauce, pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce! Continue reading “Here come tomatoes!”

What is wrong with my garlic?

Garlic is one of the easiest things to grow. We have always grown garlic, and love growing it! Garlic gets planted in the fall, so that it dies back a bit over winter, and then shoots back up in the spring. Then you harvest it again in the fall. BUT all of a sudden in the summer, around this time, something starts to happen to the garlic…they are called scapes.  Continue reading “What is wrong with my garlic?”

Pollinators are a Garden’s Best Friend

I love bugs! Actually, I love all animals. Bugs are just so amazing to me. All the detail in such a small creature, the importance of them in our ecosystems, and how intricate their interactions with one another has always been intriguing to me. I guess this is one of the main reasons I am a science type. One of my favorite pollinators to watch is the bumblebee…

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