February 25, 2000
Although most gardeners purchase their bedding plants at garden centers in the spring, it's fun to get a head start on the upcoming garden season by starting flower and vegetable seedlings indoors. Growing quality seedlings indoors requires high quality seeds, a well-drained, disease-free growing medium, containers, proper temperature and moisture conditions, and adequate light.
When selecting plants for home landscapes, gardeners often choose trees and shrubs because of their ornamental characteristics. For many individuals, another important criterion is their ability to provide food for birds. Many attractive woody ornamentals also provide food for birds. By selecting different trees and shrubs, gardeners can provide food for birds from summer through winter.