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Hi! I am Sharon Wallish Murphy. I grew up in my family’s greenhouse at the heels of my father, Charlie, who mentored and helped me to develop my passion – sharing the love of growing. After 20 years of having my own greenhouse, I can say that my mission is to empower others to find joy in their gardening journey and together we can make a more beautiful and life giving world.

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11+ Practical Tips for Starting Plants from Seed

How do you start plants from seed? I am in awe of how plants unfold from seed to maturity.  I like to say it’s magical, but it’s incredibly complex. How a plant starts its life impacts the following stages of growth, so let’s talk about how to give plants the best start possible.   This blog will discuss 11 practical tips for starting plants from seed, so roll up your sleeves! Tip #1:  Always Use Clean Materials for Seeding Even though plants grow in soil, working surfaces, tools, and growing mediums must be clean to control unwanted bacteria, fungus, and mold growth. Dirty equipment can pass on or encourage the growth of disease-causing organisms, resulting in competition for nutrients intended for the new seedlings or causing infections that compromise the plant’s development. Clean materials decrease this risk, so wash trays, pots, and anything else you will use in the seeding process with hot soapy water before seeding.  Bleach is unnecessary in most circumstances. Tip #2:  Use Seeding Mix  Seeding mix is designed explicitly for germinating seeds.   Seeding soil differs from regular soil as it has a finer texture to allow the microscopic root hairs to grow unobstructed. It also has added surfactants to break water surface tension, making water more accessible to the developing seeds. Always use fresh, clean seeding soil.  Do not reuse seeding soil. I prefer to avoid seeding soils that have added fertilizer for a couple of reasons.  First, fertilizer can burn tiny root fibres if it is

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11+ Practical Tips for Starting Plants from Seed

How do you start plants from seed? I am in awe of how plants unfold from seed to maturity.  I like to say it’s magical, but it’s incredibly complex. How a plant starts its life impacts the following stages of growth, so let’s talk about how to give plants the best start possible.   This blog will discuss 11 practical tips for starting plants from seed, so roll up your sleeves! Tip #1:  Always Use Clean Materials for Seeding Even though plants grow in soil, working surfaces, tools, and growing mediums must be clean to control unwanted bacteria, fungus, and mold growth. Dirty equipment can pass on or encourage the growth of disease-causing organisms, resulting in competition for nutrients intended for the new seedlings or causing infections that compromise the plant’s development. Clean materials decrease this risk, so wash trays, pots, and anything else you will use in the seeding process with hot soapy water before seeding.  Bleach is unnecessary in most circumstances. Tip #2:  Use Seeding Mix  Seeding mix is designed explicitly for germinating seeds.   Seeding soil differs from regular soil as it has a finer texture to allow the microscopic root hairs to grow unobstructed. It also has added surfactants to break water surface tension, making water more accessible to the developing seeds. Always use fresh, clean seeding soil.  Do not reuse seeding soil. I prefer to avoid seeding soils that have added fertilizer for a couple of reasons.  First, fertilizer can burn tiny root fibres if it is

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Are you a seed collector? I am. I have a way of amassing an impressive collection of seeds that I purchase each spring, plus I

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Meet Sharon

Sharon Wallish Murphy grew up in her family’s greenhouse at the heels of her father, Charlie, who mentored and helped her develop her passion – to share the love of growing.  After 20 years of having her own greenhouse, her desire is to empower others to find joy in their gardening journey and together we can make a more beautiful and life giving world.

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In 2019, Sharon pulled out her pen and wrote The Perfect Place for Plants.

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