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Secrets to Seed Starting Success – A Sneak Preview

As much as I’ve written about seed starting I still get lots of questions about it. Part of that might be because people read one short post and then ask questions that have been answered in other posts they’ve not read. Thus, I decided to write one publication (I think maybe I should call it a seed starting course)  that will approach seed starting in such a simple way that it will resolve any questions a gardener could have on the subject if they’re following my suggestions.

Over the years I’ve taken numerous courses on one thing or the other – how to write, how to promote art, etc. – and no matter how good the course is they always seem to leave out so much. I thought about this as I wrote Secrets to Seed Starting Success. I tried to anticipate questions and include all the “little secrets” that would help clarify things about growing vegetable seed.  Although I guess it would be near ’bout impossible to include everything there is to say about seed starting, I feel I included more than one needs to know to be successful.

Secrets to Seed Starting Success without Buying Indoor Lighting or a Lot of Other Stuff  is intended to give you guidance on how to start vegetable seed the easy way. It is a result of my experience with starting seed for my garden for over 35 years. I’ve also shared the experiences of many TMG readers which I feel adds an even greater value to the piece.

It should be obvious that there is always more than one way to do things. Nonetheless, I think you will enjoy using these simple methods I’ve written about and find them an easy way to be successful at growing your own seedlings.

Benefits of Growing Your Own

Growing your own seedlings not only saves you money (a bundle if you plant as much as I do) , but it opens up an opportunity to try and to enjoy in your kitchen the hundreds of varieties that are seldom if ever found as six-pack seedlings at your local nursery. In addition, if you garden organically, your plants should be much healthier than those raised on chemicals.

A seldom mentioned, but one of the greater benefits of growing your own is having seedlings on hand which gives you the ability to easily succession plant all through the season. That way you’ll have something to eat in your garden almost all year.

Here’s the Cover/Title page to Secrets to Seed Starting Success which will be available as a PDF which I will send to you via email.

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The Table of Contents (2 pages) pictured below will give you an in depth idea of what I’ve covered in the “course”.

As you can tell I’ve written 30 pages of content to tell you all my secrets about making seed starting simple and easy.

And, I’ve put in as many pictures in the manual as I could to explain things at a glance.

Also included will be a Quick Start List/Guide that you can print out for easy reference in case you’re just interested in the bare bones of what has to be done.

Pages 6 and 7 (Preface/Introduction) follow the Table of Contents.

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Keep scrolling: 🙂

Table of contents 2 -800Here’s the Preface/Introduction (Page 6 and 7)

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All that remains to be done is fix the links in the PDF so they’ll work (!!) and complete the Quick Start List/Guide.

I was so excited about FINALLY finishing this that I could hardly wait to tell you.  I figured I’d better have a good reason for sharing my excitement several days before it’s possible for you to get your hands on it.  SO — I decided to offer it before actual publication at a pre-release price of $14.97 which is a $5.00 savings over the $19.97 price after it’s available at the end of this week.   (This offer was good only BEFORE release in  March 2016 and is now outdated. Price is $19.97.)

Another bonus that I want you to have for taking advantage of the pre-release offer is the benefit of information in the form of questions that may come after the piece is officially released.  As I mentioned, I’ve already tried to anticipate questions, but there are a lot of folks out there and somewhere along the line, another question or two may surface.

If you’ve been with me a long time you know that I think questions are “golden”.  That’s how we learn.  Questions force us to look at things in a manner we may not have thought of.  Thus, I want you to be able to take advantage of those questions and my answers to them.  So, at some point, should there be questions, I’ll send out an addendum to Secrets to Seed Starting Success in PDF format.

When you go through PayPal you can use either your charge card or your PayPal account if you have one.  If you’d rather send a check just email me at and let me know.  I’ll send you by return email an extension date for the offer so your check will have time to reach me.

As I’ve written this “course” / “instruction manual” I’ve pictured you at my side and have gone over your questions and comments of the past.  I’ve included everything I thought would be of benefit to you and make you more successful at growing your own seedlings.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you’ve seen thus far in this sneak preview.  If you can think of anything that I’ve not covered, I’d love to know about it while there is still time to possibly include it.


I’ll email your course to you in PDF form.  You’ll be able to read it on a PC or a Mac.

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I want to leave you with one thought before closing.

I took a course once that ended with a little story that makes a great point. I’m sure the fellow who used the story won’t mind my repeating it.

He mentioned that he had learned this back in his school days and that it had monumentally changed his life. And indeed it can change anyone’s life if they heed the lesson it teaches.

Here it is:

There are only two ways to get to the top of an oak tree.

One is to sit on an acorn and wait.

The other is to start climbing.

See you at the top!

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  • Theresa, I’m so excited about your new book! I can’t wait to read it! Hope all is going well for you!

  • This is great news! Looking forward to having all of your great seed starting tips and instructions in one document!!

  • I feel quite confident in suggesting this book to everyone. There is always something new to learn. My wife loves wild garlic and none is available near us. I have tried for 3 or 4 years to grow some with absolutely no success. This year I tried getting seeds to germinate once again with no success but this time I also did a germination test. None germinated. The moral of this tale is that no matter what you do, if the seed supplier is not reliable you’re just wasting your time. These seeds are not available from any of my regular sources or any I know that are reliable. Let me know if you have any suggestions. Not ready to give up yet.
    Enjoy your garden Ray

  • Yay–I just ordered it. I’m so happy you consolidated your wonderful information. I get bogged down on successful sites; there is so much good information and I just get lost for hours in links…Julie

  • Congratulations on your latest endeavor. I look forward to receiving a copy and having all the info in one place. Check in the mail.

  • Theresa, you sure are good at keeping secrets! HaHaHa! I am excited about this new book!

  • I don’t know how I missed getting this post in my email. I came to the site looking for a past blog post and stumbled upon this WONDERFUL news! I immediately had to order. Thank you Theresa. I am looking forward to reading all of it and putting it to practice.


  • Thank you all for sharing my excitement!
    I can hardly wait for you to read it and let me know what you think.
    Since I put the post up, I’ve added even more information for you.

    And Julie and Pat , I think you feel like a lot of folks do; having the information in one place is going to be a big help. In addition I think I’ve clarified a lot of things.

    Thanks for the congratulations Alice.

    Pat — you said I’m good at keeping secrets — but this one was easy to keep because since Bill died I’ve had an awful time concentrating and I wasn’t sure for a while if I would EVER complete it! But — I finally got to the end and oddly enough the excitement of that made it super easy to concentrate! (I guess that’s why I came up with half a dozen or so more points to add. Plus, a friend and reader, who reviewed the report for me made a few suggestions which were very helpful.)

    And Ray, if I ever come across the wild garlic seed I’ll let you know.

    Toni, I was glad to hear from you. I wondered where you were because I knew you’d be excited about this. I’m so sorry you didn’t get the notification of the post. I have no way of checking to see who receives it and who doesn’t. Everyone who subscribes is SUPPOSE to receive an email every time I put a post up.

    As soon as I put the finishing touches on this last part that I just added, the report (or course? or book?) be ready to go. Please be sure to let me know your thoughts on what I’ve written. I will be so anxious to hear from everyone! And after you read it, tell me what you think I should call it — a report, a course, or a book? 😉

  • Ray Kent, is wild garlic the same as Ramps that are available in the Spring? I know Ramps look like little green onions but have a very garlicky taste to them. If they are the same, I ordered Ramp seed from somewhere in Eastern TN, and I couldn’t get them to grow here in Eastern KY. I think they are tough to get started, but I, too, keep trying. Nothing like a skillet of fried potatoes with Morel mushrooms and Ramps.

  • I should have said the bulbs look like green onions, but the tops are much wider and stronger than onions. Sorry!

  • Randi Yep Ramps, Ransoms, Field garlic, bears garlic and on and on. I’ve read that it grows as a wildflower in GB so I’m going to look for some seeds from there after they go to seed. Hopefully they would be fresh when I get them. Good luck with yours.

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