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Get Your Garden Going – It’s Time to Start Seeds!

Welcome to an exciting new edition of Food Gardening Magazine! This, friends, is the time gardeners dream of! I imagine that might sound strange, given that it’s February and many of us in four-season climates are still looking at temperatures well below freezing. So, why the excitement?

Spring is on the way. The sun is rising a little earlier each day and setting a little later. Soon we’ll be getting out the row covers and spreading mulch. For now, though, it’s time to start seeds!

This edition of Food Gardening Magazine is all about the excitement of starting seeds and getting ready for spring gardening. Of course, there’s more than one way to start seeds, and we’ll explore several of them so you can determine which is the best for you. We’re also looking at some of the essential garden tools you’ll need for the season, whether you’re just starting out or it’s time to refresh the tool shed.

Here’s a look at some of what’s sprouting in the February Issue of Food Gardening Magazine:

  • 6 Essential Gardening Tools for Beginners to Buy in February: The first warm day after winter is the day everyone goes to get their gardening supplies, and even the online stores sell out of the high-quality stuff. That’s why now is a great time to stock up on all the things you think you’ll need. And you’ll get a little garden shopping therapy out of it while you’re eagerly anticipating seed-starting time.
  • The Best Seed-Starting Methods for Max Germination: There are a variety of methods for seed starting, including seed flats, seed tapes, seed mats, and peat pots, as well as numerous non-traditional methods. Which of these is the best? There’s one key that will make almost all of these methods equally productive.
  • Growing Microgreens: Kits vs. DIY: Growing microgreens is a great way to scratch the gardening itch in the winter, but which way is better: a store-bought kit, or the old tried and true take-out container filled with soil and seeds? Find out in this article!
  • How to Make Cauliflower Crust Pizza: Cauliflower crust gets a bad rap for difficulty, but it’s a lot easier to make than most people think. You just have to know this one trick.

The latest issue of Food Gardening Magazine also features our deep dive collections on raspberries, blackberries, and cherries. You’ll get tons of tips for growing these three exciting plants, from choosing the type you want to grow to prepping your garden and all the way through harvesting and enjoying them in your kitchen.

Once you have raspberries, you’ll have them forever. They’re undoubtedly one of the tastiest invasive berry bushes, that’s for sure! Read 11 Ways to Use Raspberries That Will Make You Happy to Grow Them to find out how you can keep more of those raspberries on your plate and in your home, rather than in the bellies of your local critters, and discover a few fun ways to use them.

Then, in How to Stop Blackberry Bushes from Spreading, learn how to keep these hearty bushes from spreading uncontrollably in your garden.

And be sure to read How to Make Your Cherries Bigger and Grow Faster. There’s nothing like a bowl of big, juicy cherries. And with the right techniques, you can make your cherry crop larger and quicker to ripen.

Take a look at the February Issue of Food Gardening Magazine for the full articles and start thinking about your garden!

About Food Gardening Network, a brand of Mequoda Publishing Network: Food Gardening Network was founded by home food gardeners and for home food gardeners—the mission is to serve gardeners with tips, tools, advice, and recipes for growing and enjoying good food at home. During the Covid-19 pandemic that began in 2020, it became apparent that home food gardening would grow beyond a hobby for many home gardeners. Food Gardening Network launched in January of 2021 as an all-encompassing resource for gardeners of all skill levels, with in-depth articles on planning, planting, maintaining, and harvesting home garden crops. Food Gardening Network also includes easy-to-prepare recipes so home gardeners can enjoy the fruits of their labors in delicious, creative ways.

About Mequoda Publishing Network: Mequoda provides actionable ideas, inspiration, and advice for gardeners, cooks, and crafting enthusiasts—with the goal of improving their lives and increasing personal enrichment and enjoyment. We operate five multiplatform consumer brands, including six magazines, 28 email newsletters, and more than 100 digital books. We partner with dozens of sponsors to help them market their products to our audiences. For nearly two decades, Mequoda has explored and expanded the evolving art and science of multiplatform publishing and marketing. With in-depth research, aggressive testing, and cutting-edge strategy, Mequoda has developed a reputation as an industry leader for building and operating multiplatform communities that serve, engage, and delight consumers, sponsors, partners, and affiliates.

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