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Dr. Cynthia Nazario-Leary: Starting seeds for the garden to transplant outdoors in spring

Although the days are cooler and our landscapes may look a little less green after our recent freeze, now is the time to think about starting seeds indoors to get a head start on your spring garden. Not only will your plants be ready for the garden at the earliest possible moment, but you also will be able to harvest sooner. If you’re new to growing seeds indoors and want to give it a try, some good choices for beginners are tomatoes, marigolds, basil, zinnia, coleus, nasturtium and cosmos.

Getting started: Start with fresh seeds from a reliable source. Seeds can be planted in any clean, 2- to 3 1/2-inch-deep container with adequate drainage holes. You can use containers made of plastic, compressed peat or wood, or recycled containers. Using shallow trays or flats sold in garden supply stores saves space when you want to start a lot of a single-type of seed. Containers that have been previously used for planting should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to prevent disease.

Use a fine-textured soilless mix with no fertilizer to grow your seeds. You can either buy a seed-starting mix or prepare your own at home. Do not use garden soil since it may contain weed seeds or diseases, and it tends to compact and dry out, damaging the fragile seedlings.

Planting seeds: The goal with starting your seeds indoors is for them to be ready to be planted outside as soon as the weather is favorable, usually after the last predicted frost date. For our area, that is usually early to mid-March. Seedlings may take from 4 to 12 weeks, and the amount of time will usually be indicated on the seed package. Once you know the number of weeks needed for your specific plants, work backward from the frost date to determine when you need to get started.

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To sow seeds, fill containers with moist growing medium (not soggy!) and gently press seeds onto the surface. A general rule of thumb is to cover each seed with a layer of growing medium 1 1/2 times as deep as the seed’s size.

Growing seedlings: Most seeds need warmth to germinate, usually a soil temperature of 65 to 75 degrees. Find a warm spot in the house, like on top of a refrigerator, or use heating mats to help ensure a consistent temperature. Avoid direct light — the key at this stage is to keep them moist and warm.

As soon as sprouts appear, move the seedlings into bright light. They need 14 to 16 hours per day of natural or fluorescent light to keep from becoming leggy. The growing temperature should be about 55 to 65 degrees.

The soil needs to remain evenly moist while the seedlings are young. Water from the bottom or use a very fine sprinkler to avoid damaging the delicate seedlings.

Transplanting to the garden: Young plants will need one to two weeks of hardening off before they go into the garden. Hardening off is the process of acclimating plants to outdoor conditions. Start by setting them outside for a few hours at a time in a protected, semi-shady location, such as on a porch or under a shrub. Gradually increase the time outdoors and the exposure to direct sunlight. Transplant your seedlings to the garden in the late afternoon, after the heat of the day has subsided, or on a cloudy day, and water them in well. Then pat yourself on the back and know that you are that much closer to enjoying the fruits of your labor.

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Hemp Grower Wants $1.9M Arbitration Award Confirmed

By Katryna Perera (February 8, 2022, 3:02 PM EST) — Hemp grower Phytonyx LLC has urged a Kentucky federal court to compel another company to pay a $1.9 million arbitration award that was awarded to Phytonyx after it did not receive full payment for a hemp seed shipment.

Phytonyx, an Oregon-based company, filed its petition against AmHemp Kentucky LLC on Monday.

According to the petition, Phytonyx produces hemp seeds that bear cannabis plants with very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol — also known as THC, the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana — and very high levels of CBD. The company says that in May 2019, it entered into an agreement with AmHemp.

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