How to - Gardening Basics

Seed starting essentials

The basic tools you'll need to get your seeds growing

Hand tools


 
seed-hand-trowel.jpgTrowel
One of the most practical seed starting investments will be in a durable hand trowel, such as this one from Home Depot. Its uses go far beyond your spring projects, and (with the proper care) can see you through to the arrival of next year’s seed order. 


Available at:
The Home Depot
Price: $15

Soil

 
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Potting mix

For successful seed starting, you’ll need to use either a fresh bag of soilless mix or potting soil, like Sure-Gro's All Purpose Potting Mix. These types of soil are best because they are guaranteed to be free from weeds, soil-born diseases and will absorb and hold moisture.

Available at:
Home Hardware
Price: $8.69

Fertilizer

 
seed-liquid-growth.jpgBioTLC Liquid Growth Plant Starter
Once your seeds start to sprout leaves you’ll want to begin adding a fertilizer to give them an extra boost. BioTLC’s Liquid Growth Plant Starter is an eco-friendly fertilizing product that’s simple to use and mess-free. Mix in one pump for every litre of water and use your seedling sprayer to give your plants a nutritious meal.

Available at:
Canadian Tire
Price: $5.99

Seed organizer

 
seed-tire-box.jpgTire box
You’ll want to keep your leftover seeds organized for next season, and it’s simple to do with a photo album. Tuck your seed envelopes into the plastic sleeves and write the date they were planted in the space you would normally use for photo captions. Use Post-it notes to create a few section tabs, so you can organize the seeds by the month they should be planted, type of seed or colour – whichever makes the most sense for you and your garden. Another option is to store your seeds in a decorative box, like this one from Teatro Verde, made of recycled tires. If you sit the seed envelopes upright, you can use index cards to separate them into sections.

Available at:
Teatro Verde
Price: $39.95

Gloves

 
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Foxgloves
You may not need these in the early stages of your seed starting, but once it comes time to transplant your seedlings into the garden you’ll definitely want to grab yourself a pair of gloves. And because you’ll be working with some dainty buds try and find a pair that are form fitting – not bulky. Foxgloves are made with Lycra (used in bathing suits) and Supplex nylon (which gives them a soft, cotton-like feel) and were modelled after 1950s-style dress gloves by landscape architect and horticulturalist Harriet Zbikowsk. The fitted design extends past the wrists and comes in eleven cheerful colours that include Spring Green and Petal Pink.

Available at:
Gardenscape
Price:
$25

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