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January 23rd, 2013 - Growing Your Garden from Seeds

Winter is the best time of year to lay down on that comfy couch and and start dreaming about your spring garden.

If you like to watch things grow from seeds, Lifestyle Expert Chris Olsen is here to help.

The Do's and the Don'ts when Growing Seeds

Winter is the best time of year to lay down on that comfy couch and and start dreaming about your spring garden. If you like to watch things grow from seed, then there are several things to look for on a seed packet.

1. Days to Germination.
2. Days to Maturity.
3. Packed for, or sell by, Date:
4. How to Plant.
5. How to Harvest. Time frame and how to know when to pick.
6. Diseases and Pests.
7. A Picture.
8. The Botanical Name.

Seed Starting Pitfalls

1. Planting too Deep: Read the directions and make sure to plant according to the right depth.
2. Starting to Early: We are all anxious to getting started in the garden, but if you start your seeds to early then it may be to early to plant outdoors.
3. Skimping on Light: To mimic spring sunlight, place grow lights 1 to 2 inches above your seedlings, taking care not to burn the leaves. After germination, supply 14 hours of light daily. 


With the cold weather and bleak landscape right now, Spring seems like a world away.

But instead of waiting for the next season to roll around, you can add life and color to your indoors with houseplants that will put you in a Spring state of mind.


Spring Indoors

Add life and color to your indoors with houseplants bursting with flowers and crisp fresh foliage. There are so many varieties of flowers out there that you can grow indoors. Turn winter to spring with easy to grow plants. Here are some of my favorite ones: hyacinths, paper-whites, hydrangeas, bromeliads, orchids, Reiger Begonias, kalanchoes, and my favorite the German Primrose. Place in an assortment of different containers and add a few garden accessories and you have one awesome indoor spring display.

January 9th, 2013 - Easy Propagation - watch now

December 19th, 2012 - Ornaments by Nature - watch now

December 12th, 2012 - Easy Gift Ideas - watch the video

December 5th, 2012 - Chris hosts a look at Holiday Tour of Homes - check it out

November 21st, 2012 - It's all about the details when it comes to Christmas - watch the segment

November 14th, 2012 - Mom's Outdoor Oasis revealed - watch the segment

November 7th, 2012 - Planting bulbs - watch now

October 24th, 2012 - Winterizing your lawn - watch now

October 17th, 2012 - LIVE footage from the Olsen Home - watch now

October 10th, 2012 - Hardy Evergreens and Winter Containers - watch now

October 3rd, 2012 - The Perfect Pumpkin and Miniature Gardens - watch now

September 26th, 2012 - Pumpkin Terrariums and Haunting Potion Bottles - watch now

September 19th, 2012 - Spooky Pumpkins with Chris Olsen - watch now

September 12th, 2012 - Autumn Brunch and Potted Pumpkins - watch now

September 5th, 2012 - Indoor Topiaries and Fall Wreaths - watch now

August 29th, 2012 - Stepping Stones and Pickled Squash - watch now

August 15th, 2012 - Poached Apples are great - watch now

July 25th, 2012 - Memory Jars and Perennial Care - watch now

July 18th, 2012 - Orange Iced Tea & Stressed Plants - watch now

July 11th, 2012 - Butterflies! - watch now

July 4th, 2012 - Zesty Corn Salad - watch now

June 27th, 2012 - Decorating for July 4th - watch now

June 6th, 2012 - Wild Animal Containers - watch now

May 23rd, 2012 - Fruit Smores are a healthy snack - watch now

May 16th, 2012 - Sweet Smelling Shrubs and Growing Citrus in the South - watch now

May 9th, 2012 - Mother's Day ideas - watch now

May 2nd, 2012 - Summer Color - watch now

April 25th, 2012 - Terrariums and Glowing Containers - watch now

April 18th, 2012 - Beet and Apple Green Salad and Deer Proofing - watch now

April 11th, 2012 - Make potted containers hot and Pots with a twist - watch now

April 4th, 2012 - Easter table and Heat tolerant plants - watch now

March 28th, 2012 - Easter Nest and Yard Art Bunny - check it out

March 21st, 2012 - Made in the shade

March 14th, 2012 - Get Ready for Spring

March 7th, 2012 - Spring Flower Delights! Watch the videos!

February 22nd, 2012 - Using PH to alter plant colors - watch now

February 17th, 2012 - Planting Winter Vegetables and Spring and Summer Color - watch now

February 1st, 2012 - Great Valentines segment - watch now

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