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When container gardening:
- Use seed starting mix or good-quality potting soil.
- Make sure your container has a hole in bottom for drainage; dampen the soil and then allow to dry for few hours before planting seeds.
- Fertilize! Organic, liquid fertilizer works great. Compost tea may be a good sub: to make, put kitchen waste into a stocking, soak in gallon of water, and portion onto plants.
- After the first leaves appear you may transplant if you want.
- When grouping, think of the types of conditions each plant likes and group accordingly.
- Plant seed as far down as the size of the seed (same with bulbs). If the seeds are really small, such as poppy, scatter across the top of the soil.
- Do not over-till the ground.
- If you can grab a handful of dirt and squeeze moisture out, the ground is still too wet to plant.
- If using a raised bed, the temperature will be approx 15 degrees warmer for the plant than when in the ground. Make the bed 6-8" taller with compost.
- Do not over-water. Dampen the soil and then allow to dry for few hours before planting seeds.
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