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The Savvy Gardener: Starter kit helps your garden get growing

Starter kit helps your garden get growing

If you're serious about nurturing plants from cuttings and seeds, invest in a good quality, reusable plug tray. The 72-cell starter kit ($29.95) from Charley's Greenhouse & Garden was chosen by garden writers and editors as a 2009 Green Thumb winner. It comes with watering and grow trays, a clear dome and deep grow plugs made of decomposed bark and peat moss that ensure the perfect balance of 1/3 soil, 1/3 water and 1/3 air to promote vigorous seedling root growth. Refill packs of plugs are $14.95. Go to or call toll-free 1-800-322-4707 to order.

Go green, save some greenbacks

You can calculate your actual savings of switching to environmentally friendly landscape and building practices with free online calculators from GreenScapes (, an EPA initiative to promote environmentally beneficial landscaping nationwide. Thinking of switching to a water-saving landscape? The EPA's cost calculator will tally initial costs and savings. You'll find helpful tips, resources, downloadable brochures, links and more on this innovative site.

Yvonne Swanson, Times correspondent

The Savvy Gardener: Starter kit helps your garden get growing 01/23/09 [Last modified: Friday, January 23, 2009 3:30am]
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