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David's Garden Seeds And Products Newsletter
April 18, 2015
Happy Spring to all of our valued subscribers and seed customers. By now, many of you have planted your spring vegetable garden, although I know that there are still parts of the Northeastern United States that still have some snow per some of the comments on Facebook from relatives back East.
Here in Texas, we have had our seedlings in the ground for weeks and have begun to get peppers, spinach, and baby lettuce leaves to eat. We also have some strawberries and a few lovely heads of cabbage to harvest. Our rose bushes and honeysuckle are in bloom and our peach trees and orange trees already have small fruits on them. Spring is an exciting time for gardeners.
We get asked a lot of questions via our website, David's Garden Seeds and our Facebook page, David's Garden Seeds On Facebook about whether our seeds are genetically modified (GMO). The answer is that all of our seeds are non GMO. We took the Safe Seed Pledge because we care about our family and yours. In fact, every page on our website has the following:
"David's Garden Seeds And Products has taken the Safe Seed Pledge.
This means that all of our seeds are non-GMO. We care about your family's health because we care about the health of our own family. You can safely grow plants that are all natural, safe, and healthy for you and for your loved ones."
New Shopping Cart On Our SiteWe have been updating our website with a shopping cart so now you can purchase some of our seeds right on our website without leaving it. Please bear with us as we continue to add it to all of our "Buy" pages!
To see our entire inventory of seeds, you can still go to our Amazon store, where we have many specialty seeds for your gardening enjoyment! We have added many new seeds so you will want to check it out and if you are an Amazon Prime member, you will enjoy free shipping.
We also get a lot of questions about how to start seeds. David has put this together to help beginner gardeners with germinating seeds.
When starting seeds, the most important thing to remember is not to plant the seeds too deep. Believe it or not, less than 1/4 inch deep into the dirt will do.
The seed is a living embryo that contains enough energy to germinate and break the surface. But if planted too deep, it will run out of energy and die before it breaks the surface.
Keep the soil moist, but not wet, with a temperature of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Over watering will drown the seed. Here is a good rule to follow: The dirt should be moist like brown sugar up to the first knuckle of your finger. If it is dry like salt, the dirt is too dry for your seeds to germinate. If it is wet like cake batter, then it is too wet.
The best watering is bottom watering. Put your starter pots in a tray and let them soak up the water they need until they germinate. Pour the water in the tray, not in each pot. Watering the top of the pot can dislodge the germinating seeds and kill them.
Seeds should germinate in about 7 to 14 days, and sometimes even 21 days, depending on the seed type.
If you are starting your seeds indoors, seeds need 12 to 14 hours of daylight a day. A grow light will be needed. A regular florescent or lamp light will not do the job.
This means you will need to make a small investment. Putting your pots on a window sill will not work in most cases. If the seeds do not get enough light, they will grow tall and thin and then die.
We hope you enjoy your spring planting season. Please feel free to share photos on our Facebook page of your beautiful plants as they come up!
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