Sow You Wanna be Startin’ Somethin’
An introduction to seed starting.






a mini-workshop

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Join the fun and learn to start your own seedlings in this hour and a half long quick and dirty workshop.




Have you always wanted to start a vegetable or flower garden from seed but weren’t sure how to start?

Course Date: April 9, 2015,  8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. E.S.T.
Enrollment Dates: Enroll Anytime
Instructor:  Karen

Cost: $35 USD


Join me online April 9th to learn everything you need to know about starting your own vegetable or flower garden from seed.

This course includes:

1.5 hours of live on-line video teaching including demonstrations.

3 packets of organic, heirloom seeds from Cubits Seeds.

Access to a private Facebook group to boast, encourage, ask and share ideas.

Why start from seed?

When you buy seedlings from your local nursery or grocery store the variety is limited.  You will never find Glass Gem corn or Russian Chocolate tomatoes at the nursery.  Growing your own seedlings from seed gives you almost limitless possibilities.  Don’t have a lot of space?  Grow Mascotte beans, a variety that only gets to be 18″ high and is made especially for growing in containers.

Also, a lot of seeds can be planted out before the garden centres even open for business in the spring.  Beets, carrots, onions, lettuce, swiss chard, kale and a ton of other things can be put out in the garden a full month before tomatoes and other heat loving vegetables can.

What you’ll learn.

  • How to plant seeds. Which method for which seed.
  • What soil to use.
  • The benefits and drawbacks of different kinds of pots/containers.
  • When and how to fertilize.
  • How to separate and thin your seedlings.
  • Do you need grow lights and if so which kind?
  • How to harden off your plants.
  • Where to get your supplies.
  • And much, MUCH more.

About the seeds

Laura, from Cubit’s is passionate about locally grown produce and believes everyone can grow their own food. She and her husband Ryan run the organic seed company Cubit’s. Ethical seeds for the Edible Garden.  Their seeds are open pollinated, heritage varieties.  Which you’ll learn all about in the course.  Thank you to Laura for very generously providing the seeds for this course.

You will each receive 3 packets of seeds from Cubits for this course.  1 tomato, 1 green and 1 beet.  You won’t know which variety of each you’re getting until they arrive at your door.  It will be a surprise.

Gardens are always full of surprises.




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  1. Sandy L says:

    I just signed up for your seed class today and it starts in 1 1/2 hours. I have not received a link to join. How do I access the online class?

  2. sarah says:

    I’ve been talking about starting a container garden on the deck outside my kitchen door for years now and would love the info to actually do it! My question is, I live in zone 10B – do I need extra specialized info since I’m in a subtropical zone or is seed starting general enough that I can still get useful info out of the course?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sarah! All of the basics will be the same. The only thing that changes for you in zone 10b, is the fact that you start your seeds much earlier than someone like me who is in zone 6b. So while I’m just starting my tomatoes right now, you could have started yours in January. And you wouldn’t have a lot of luck growing something like potatoes whereas they’re great for my region. Your in the best spot possible for peppers, tomatoes, sweet potatoes or eggplant though! Seed starting is pretty much the same no matter where you live, it’s just slightly more important if you live in a cooler climate because it allows you to have a longer growing season. You can always take the course later (it will be available to buy and watch after the course takes place). The only thing with that is you won’t get your free seeds. :( ~ karen!

      • sarah says:

        Thanks for the info, I’m gonna sign up now – cause what’s the point if I don’t get some free seeds out of it?! ;)

  3. zoe says:

    all signed up ! yay :)

    • Karen says:

      Yay! I’m so excited! Both that you signed up and to teach the workshop. You’ll be getting your welcome email shortly! ~ karen

  4. Ella says:

    My credit card just got billed for $35 USD, which is more like $45 CAD. I’m still fine with that–but was wondering if you could post the cost as USD. I would have paid with my US credit card…

  5. Kelli says:

    And in the coinkidink department, a ‘little’ something that’s ‘sow’ cute! :) (gettin my nerd on)

  6. Mermaid Scribbler says:

    Opps – My reply got lost. This was great help, thanks! I think I need a “How To Garden” course. Off to check your store for that…

  7. Mermaid Scribbler says:
  8. Mermaid Scribbler says:

    Ok – I just read your replies to Brenda, and I see that the videos will be available afterwards. However, can I signup later? If I sign up now but don’t watch the videos for two months, will it be too late to start seedlings?

    • Karen says:

      It’s never too late to start seeds, but if you’re in zone 8 you’d be starting different seeds in a different way. You’re already getting too late to start tomato seeds since your planting out date is right about now if I’m correct? You’d need to have actual seedlings to plant by now. In 2 months you won’t need to start your seeds indoors because it’ll be warm enough and nice enough out that you don’t have to worry about the cool weather bothering them. So you’d just direct sow anything out in your garden. :) So. Basically if you want to learn how to start seeds indoors you should sign up for the course. If you just want to seed outside this summer and don’t care about learning how to start seeds indoors you probably don’t need it. :) I’m no help at all am I, lol. ~ karen!

  9. Mermaid Scribbler says:

    Hi Karen – Is it possible to take this course later? Or one like it? I want to garden. I plan to garden. I just don’t have a house in which to garden. What I do have is an inhospitable backyard with a 10 ft. Snake and many Black Widow spiders. Not kidding! I live in zone 8b, the swampy, sandy part. In two months, I move to a new house. Still zone 8b, but with a proper backyard. I plan on growing food for the family. My husband says that it is more likely he’ll ride to work on a unicorn and slide home on a rainbow. I want to prove him SO WRONG, but I probably need help. I’m uncertain about nature. I’ve seen it, from behind a window while reading a book…. I think I need this course.

    • Karen says:

      Hahaha! Starting seeds and growing things is REALLY easy as long as you know a few do’s and don’ts. And the yard I grow an incredible amount of food in is only 133 square feet! So if you can find that much useable space you can grow stuff this summer. Honestly! Or pots! I’m going to talk about pots too. There’s an astonishing amount you can grow in pots if your soil is crappy. Anyhow … your question. I won’t be doing this course again until *maybe* next spring.

      But you’ll still be able to buy this course to watch after I’ve recorded it. So you won’t be there live with everyone else, but you can watch it. (but if you’re thinking of gardening this year you might as well just take it now) ~ karen!

  10. brenda says:

    if I’m going to be unavailable for that evening (sedation dentistry) will the video be accessible afterwards to watch? … and will the Facebook group be left open for ongoing conversations and sharing? I want to do this. I don’t want to go to the dentist but I have to. Poor Me – heheh.


    • Karen says:

      LOL. Nobody wants to go to the dentist. The video will absolutely be accessible for you to watch any time afterwards as many times as you’d like. The Facebook Group will be open forever. Poor you. :) ~ karen! p.s. … you have to go to the dentist at night? That’s even more horrifying.

  11. Ella says:

    YAY! I’m signing up right now!

  12. Chelsea says:

    … and now I think I might have paid twice coz I have 2 receipts in my email even though it told me that it didn’t work both times?!?! I think I messed it up! haha

    • Karen says:

      Hi Chelsea! You didn’t screw up, I did! When you purchase you’re led to a page on my site that says thank you! You successfully signed up for the course. But I hadn’t activated that page. I have screwed up a lot on this first day with this course, lol. It’s because I’m used to Paypal and doing everything I need to do but adding the credit card option is newer to me so I haven’t got into the rhythm of it. ANYHOW thanks to you I’ve been made aware of the problem and have fixed it. AND I’ve refunded you on the extra payment you made. :) ~ karen!

  13. Chelsea says:

    Hi Karen,

    I can’t get the credit card payment option to work either. It just gives me an error message saying “Oops! Something went wrong.”

  14. Bobbi says:

    How much is the course ? It is probably posted, but like a snake in the grass, I don’t see it.

    • Karen says:

      omg. I cannot even BELIEVE I didn’t put the price on the page!!! I’ll fix that now. What a loon. It’s $35 which includes 3 packets of seeds and the hour and a half long course ~ karen!

  15. Pam says:

    I would love to grow my own vegetables but I have a very small yard. How much space will I need for the plants?

  16. Carole says:

    Thanks a lot Karen . Now I have that song in my head!! Sow You certainly Started Something…..

  17. Erika says:

    Hi Karen – the link to sign up with a credit card isn’t working (the Paypal one is, though).

    • Karen says:

      Thank you so much for letting me know Erika. I have it fixed. I just hadn’t made that portion of the post public yet. (I’d forgotten!) It’s ready for business now. ~ karen!

    • Karen says:

      Uch, lol. O.K. NOW it is working. I had to make it “live” on my site, plus also “live” on the secure site that the cards get processed on. Understandably there are a lot of security measures when it comes to credit card processing. :) ~ karen!

  18. Louise says:

    I just watched a documentary with horrifying info about GMOs (genetically modified foods) and the pesticides sprayed on our food supply. I was a skeptic until I watched this. (“Yeah, people have always bred plants for better qualities/yield, so what’s the big deal?”) But now I think growing your own veggies/fruits is the smart way to go! Not only is your food fresher (by days, even weeks), but you know what you’ve sprayed on it. And you can go for non-GMO seeds, when the seedlings don’t have that info on them (at least not in California). This is a good class to teach, Karen!

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