There's no doubt about it - if you want really, healthy, productive plants, you have to give them a good start in life. Warm season crops like peppers, tomatoes and eggplant need to be started indoors. By the time you plant them outside, they should look healthy and vigorous, with dark green, unblemished leaves and thick, upright stems. However, far too many seedlings started indoors look sick and spindly by the time they are transplanted in the garden. Whether they didn't have the sufficient light, space, water or nutrients, leggy seedlings are stressed plants. They may straighten out and produce fruit, but they will be weak as they grow, more susceptible to pests, diseases, drought, or whatever else mother nature throws their way.
This free downloadable SEED STARTING GUIDE written and illustrated by Ox and Robin's farmer, Linda Enerson, will help you get your seedlings off to a strong start. Written in a comic or graphic novel style, it's kid-friendly with lots of pictures. Starting seeds is a wonderful project for kids (and adults) looking for something to do as we all hunker down due to COVID-19. Starting seeds indoors is not hard and it doesn't have to be expensive, but there are a lot of mistakes you can avoid if you plan ahead. So, read up, get your seeds and supplies, and start growing!! You can purchase Ox and Robin seeds on our ONLINE STORE or at RETAIL STORES around MA, VT and NH.