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    When to Start Seeds Indoors in Zone 5 Demystified

    I’ve lived and gardened in zone 5 (Madison, Wisconsin) for the bulk of my gardening life, over 20 years! This zone is no joke with bitterly cold winters and hot, humid summers – we have it all. The winters are long in Wisconsin, which is one of the reasons why I love starting seeds for my...
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    Seed to Harvest: Growing Pumpkins in Raised Beds

    After building several different gardens of my own and working with hundreds of gardeners over the years, I’ve found that building and growing vegetables in raised beds is the best choice for most people. Raised beds offer lots of important benefits: they require less work to prepare in spring...
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    Become a VUFS Member and Get Great Discounts on Farm Supplies!

    As you plan your farming purchases for next season, get great discounts when you purchase a $20 Annual VUFS Membership. Our members receive: 15% discounts...
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    JOIN VUFS 8TH URBAN FARMING FORUM VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE

    VUFS Annual Urban Farming Forum brings together people from different backgrounds to share knowledge, ideas and take action on urban farming best practices and food security...
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    Join Us for Urban Farming Drink Event

    Start of New Year and new beginnings, Vancouver Urban Farming Society would like to welcome everyone to join the Urban Farming team for a night...
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    The Census is back!

    Do you grow and sell food, flowers, mushrooms, or animal products in the City of Vancouver? We invite you to participate in the 2017-2019 Urban...
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    Message from Karen Ageson, Acting ED

    Hi! My name is Karen Ageson, Acting Executive Director for the Vancouver Urban Farming Society. I am a founding director of VUFS, founded in 2012,...
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    How to Germinate Seeds Successfully Every Time

    Starting seeds at home can be an extremely exciting and enjoyable part of your gardening experience. After ordering seeds from various catalogues, setting up your seed starting rack and lights, and gathering all of your supplies, it’s time to finally plant. When you first break open those seeds...
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    10 Common Seed Starting Mistakes to Avoid This Year

    This post contains affiliate links. If you love the excitement of starting seeds but feel like you have mixed success from year to year, you might be making some of these common mistakes of seed starting. The number one goal of starting your own plants is to produce healthy and vigorous...
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    How to Make the Ultimate DIY Grow Lights

    In this post, I’ll show you how easy it can be to build your own DIY grow lights so you can master the art of growing organic vegetable plants at home. I’ll give you a video tour of my home set up and share links to the short list of materials you’ll need to get started. After you’ve been...
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    5 Fantastic Reasons to Start Seeds for Your Garden

    By the time late winter hits we gardeners are starting to feel the magnetic pull of the garden deep in our bones. If you live in a cold climate like I do, sometimes your garden is still hidden under the snow even though your heart and body are ready to get back out and sink your hands into the...
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    Behind the Scenes Secrets to Starting Peppers Indoors

    When you consider the high price of organic red (and yellow and orange) peppers at the grocery store, they might be one of the vegetables that are the most worth it to grow. The taste of fresh red peppers from the garden is so amazing you’ll likely find yourself snacking on them before they...
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    5 seeds to start indoors that will make you fall in love with seed starting

    This is the time of year when we gardeners are starting to feel the pull of the garden again. Mine is under snow right now in Wisconsin, so it’s going to be some weeks before I get to sink my hands into the soil again. Luckily, seed starting season begins just when most of us are starting to...
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    The best seed starting resources from around the web

    It’s snowing here in Wisconsin as I write this blog post. Living in a northern climate can be tough because of our long winters. Long winters mean a short gardening season, which can be challenging if you love gardening as much as I do. Right around this time of year I start to get a little...
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    How to choose the best grow lights for seed starting

    Confused and overwhelmed by all of the options for grow lights for seed starting? Yeah, me too! I’ve bee nursing along my old fluorescent light set up for the last few years and decided it was time to upgrade when one of my ballasts gave up the ghost. The grow light landscape has changed...
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    Tips For Shopping For the Best Seed Starting Mix

    This is the story of when I learned the importance of a quality seed starting mix. I used to purchase premium potting soil from my local garden store and mix in some worm castings or compost to create seed starting soil at home. The seedlings started off well, but after six weeks or so they...
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    How to make an easy raised garden bed for your vegetables

    After almost 20 years of growing my own food and designing gardens, I passionately believe that growing vegetables in raised garden beds is the best route for most gardeners. In this style of gardening, you work to establish permanent beds and paths in your garden. This is in contrast to the...
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    How to Know When to Sow a Seed or a Plant in Your Garden

    It’s amazing that a tiny seed will swell and sprout and eventually grow into an earthy orange carrot, a towering tomato plant, or a sprawling cucumber vine. We can’t have a garden without seeds and plants; they’re what make our gardens literally spring to life. But, not every vegetable is...
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    The ultimate guide to the best vegetables to plant in spring

    The spring gardening season is the most highly anticipated of the year! By the end of the winter, we find ourselves constantly checking the weather to see if spring planting time has arrived. But, what vegetables to plant in spring can be confusing for many gardeners. And that’s totally...
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    Outstanding Vegetable Gardening Books For Your Bookshelf

    If gardening is a big part of your life in spring, summer, and fall, the arrival of winter gifts you with a lot more free time in your schedule. What’s a gardener to do? Read voraciously! Or, at least, that’s what this gardener does. Winter is the opportunity for us to step back from our...
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