Plain Gardening: Seeds

Plain Gardening: Seeds

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In this edition of Plain Gardening we go behind the scenes at Mobile Botanical Gardens with Bill Finch.  Late summer is when we go to seed—so to speak—in the greenhouse. 

While most folks think of planting seeds in spring, along the Gulf Coast August, September, and October are great times to plant.  Take lettuce for instance:  if you plant lettuce seeds in March you may have a month or two of lettuce.  Plant now and you may have up to eight months of lettuce!

Lots of other plants do well this time of year, too.

To plant, get trays with holes in the bottoms.  Use a coarse soil with lots of organic matter that will drain well.  Tamp the soil into the trays.   If the seeds are small, like broccoli, you don't even need to put them under the soil.  Set three or four seeds in each section.  If the seeds are large, just push them beneath the surface.  It's always best at this point to water from the bottom, by putting your planting tray into a tray of water.

Once the seedlings sprout, you can transplant to your garden.  To learn more, go to


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