Seed Starting Essentials

Avoid leggy seeds and poor germination with these seed starting essentials. To get your seeds off to the best start you need a light source and for many seeds, bottom heat. We have a good selection of grow lights and stands to hold them. The “Nanodome” mini greenhouse is a great all-in-one set up to start seeds: seed flat, high dome and grow light that fits on top of the dome.


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How to Use Liquid Fertilizers

Nitrogen – the first number in the three numbers on any fertilizer – encourages more growth. Higher levels of nitrogen produced larger plants. This is great for leafy greens.

However, some plants initially did better without any fertilizer. Tomato plants that were not fertilized produced fruit earlier and in greater number. Not really surprising as unfertilized plants devote all their attention to reproduction – producing fruit and seed – instead of growing more leaves. However, by the end of the growing season, fertilized tomato plants out-performed the unfertilized ones.

Another surprising result was that higher doses of phosphorus – the second number in the three on any fertilizer – didn’t necessarily produce more fruits and flowers – although that is what phosphorus is supposed to do. The study concluded that plants can only use so much phosphorus and excess amounts just go to waste and may contribute to water pollution.

Salt buildup in the soil can be an issue with liquid fertilizers. Another reason not to overdo it. Don’t add fertilizer with every watering or if you do, cut the amount of fertilizer in half.

Bottom line? Using fertilizers provides better results than not using them. Don’t overdo it: read the label and perhaps use less than recommended. When in doubt, do a soil test so you know what your plants really need.

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The Hori Hori

The Hori Hori is one of our favourite gardening tools. It’s a gardening knife with either a stainless steel or carbon steel blade that is so useful in the garden. It’s a weeder, harvester and even a transplanter.

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The Cape Cod Weeder

The Cape Cod Weeder is one of the best weeding tools we sell. It is especially good for getting into crevices between bricks and paving stones, and its unique hooked blade gets right under the roots of weeds to pull them out with ease.

Save 15% on this great tool as part of our Advent Calendar Feature for December 11th.

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Sloggers Gardening Clogs

Gardening clogs are essential if you are running in and out of the house during the day while looking after gardening chores.

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Go Green: Go Solar!

At Dig This, we’re crazy for everything solar.

It’s not just that solar lights are environmentally friendly. We love the magic they create in the garden after dark.

We have lots of amazing solar lights to choose from.

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Grow Amaryllis to Brighten the Winter Days

The easiest way to create beauty indoors at this time of year is to force paperwhite and amaryllis bulbs for indoors. It’s so simple to do and nothing is as lovely as growing flowers in the dark days of winter.

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Multi-Blade Herb Scissors

Once you’ve tried these multi-blade herb scissors you’ll wonder why someone didn’t think of them sooner. The scissors make it so easy to quickly chop herbs like parsley, basil or green onions.

This is our Advent Calendar Feature for December 2nd. Today you can save 15% on this great gift for those who love to cook with fresh herbs.

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