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I learned to grow vegetables from seed at the side of my grandfather.
Though that may conjure images of a sweet man patiently showing a little girl how to dig a hole in the backyard, the reality is I was in my late teens and my grandpa was running the greenhouse here at Glover Nursery.  His goal, and therefore my goal, was to start enough tomato seeds to fill every garden in the Salt Lake Valley.

Together we ran an efficient team and very nearly grew enough tomatoes to fulfill that vision. Fact is, you may very well have been one of the customers that took one home during my apprenticeship (for which I thank you and hope you made some yummy salsa).

Tomato seedlings
Tomato seedlings

In addition to tomato seeds, at his knowledgeable side, I learned to sew herbs, squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, peppers…the list goes on and on…all from seed.  It never failed to amaze me that he would pull a dusty bin out from under his bench where these little seeds had stayed dormant for months, sometimes years, just waiting for the right conditions to start their own journey from seed, to sprout, to plant, to becoming a bountiful harvest that would grace many tables over the course of a season.  When we hear the term “farm to table”, I can tell you first hand where that starts – and my many destroyed manicures will back me up.

When I look at the seed racks that are set up and ready for our customers to start their own growing journey, I wondered what I could share that would help them make the greatest success of their time and efforts.  While it is not rocket science, thank goodness, there are a few things I learned at the hands of my grandfather that will help anyone looking to create their own growing fields, or, maybe just to fill a garden box (if you’re not trying to feed the whole valley, like he was).

Preparation is key to everything.

Tip #1 – Make sure you have the right set up so your seedlings have the best advantage for a successful start.  This includes having your seed trays filled with a great soil mix to give them the nutrients they need while holding moisture in the soil for those tender roots to grow.  While you could throw a bunch of seeds into any old soil and hope for the best, to guarantee a good crop, start with good soil, an easy ability to keep the soil moist (not wet) and plenty of light.

Seeds need moisture, heat and light and you want to make sure it is all in balance.

Tip #2 - Watering can be a tricky thing to get right.  Too much water drowns them, not enough water and they won’t get that little magical spark that helps them grow.  Seedlings need to have a slightly damp environment while they germinate.  I learned from my grampa, the easiest way to know how moist the soil is – stick your finger in it.  If the top is feels wet but it doesn’t percolate down, then you need to put a bit more water on and let it soak in. There is also the trick of the trade which is to water from the bottom up; seed trays are designed specifically for this type of watering which allows the soil to absorb the water it needs through the holes in the bottom of the tray.  A good soil will help hold moisture properly, it is worth getting an appropriate blend designed for starting seeds.

Seeding tray
Seeding tray

Tip # 3 - If you are going to start your seeds outdoors, be sure they are protected from the cold.  Seeds need warmer conditions to get started, so if your seeding trays are in a shed with no insulation or warming counters, those little guys are not going to make it.  It doesn’t need to be a blazing inferno by any means, but watch the temperatures and keep them steadily warm. A good range to have in mind is 65-75 degrees until the seeds sprout. After they sprout, they can handle a bit more variant in temperature (though, I wouldn’t recommend sticking them directly outside just yet! Make sure the weather is holding steady in spring temperatures before hardening them off for transplanting). One way to help them along is cover the trays with glass or plastic, this creates a mini greenhouse environment that helps retain moisture and heat.

Tip # 4 – Depth of planting matters.  Imagine you’re a seed and you get stuck down deep in the soil, so deep that it feels like you will never make it out….well, you won’t.  Seeds can’t grow out of soil that is 10-20x deeper than they are tall.  If the seed packet doesn’t have a recommended planting depth, a good rule of thumb is to plant the seed no deeper than 3 times the width of the seed.  This can be a bit tricky to figure out, but one thing we did in Grampa’s Greenhouse was to press all the soil before laying seeds on top, then cover the seeds with a light cover of soil before watering them in.  The pressing of the soil beneath the seeds will prevent them from sinking down too far and a light dusting of soil above will settle in around them with watering.  This way, they are protected and getting necessary moisture while still able to reach for the light.

Speaking of reaching for the light

Tip # 5 – Light source is important.  Seedlings need light, lots of light. Though the days are getting longer, the likelihood that they will get enough light sitting in a garage or shed, even if they have south facing windows, is low.  It would be extremely beneficial to invest in a growing lamp and make sure that lamp shines on them between 12-16 hours per day.  There are loads of great DIY ideas out there of how to build growing tables or structures to make this work easily.  We don’t have a favorite because there are so many wonderful ideas and different ways to utilize your space.  A quick Google search will bring up dozens of amazing ideas; look for something that is easy to install in your growing area.

Label everything

Tip # 6 – The last thing I would recommend when starting out with growing seeds is to make sure and label everything.  Sharpie on a popsicle stick is a great combo for this because neither will wash away if they get wet.  Put the name of the plant and the date you started seeding. This way you can monitor the seedlings and if they haven’t started sprouting in the expected time frame, you’ll be able to tell sooner than later.  Every type of seed has a different length of time it takes to germinate, so making sure it is all properly labeled will help guide you as to which seeds may not have made it versus just needing a bit more time to get growing.

Is it worth it?

After reading all this you are probably wondering why you should bother!  Well, I will share one more thing my grampa taught me when I asked him the same question.  A tomato that started by your hand, grew because of your work and ripened in the sun due to your efforts tastes a heck of a lot better than anything you can get at the store.  He, as always, was right.

Tomatoes on the vine

Happy Seeding!!!  Let us know what you grow – or feel free to share any time, we are open from 8am-6pm through March (closed Sundays) J

~ Regan Glover

 

 

 

 

 

Other useful links and resources:

It’s Planting Time: Start Seeding Indoors!

How Planting Trees Affects Air Quality

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K B
K B
19:04 15 May 22
Huge selection and very helpful and knowledgeable staff. I’ve bought may plants from them and all... but one have survived, and it was hassle free to return the one that didn’t. I love that they have multiple size selections for plants so that I don’t have to get a tree that’s huge already if I don’t want to. I also appreciate that they label where things are at so that you can find things if you are looking for something specific.read more
Amy Bauman
Amy Bauman
17:54 13 May 22
I highly suggest this nursery - the only reason it only got a 4-star is because they are very... pricey. Great help, great products, just way too expensive. Parking is a real bear too - I'd suggest going off-hours for the best parking. Even on the busiest weekend, the employees keep up with the check out lanes so the wait to check out has never taken more than 10 minutes.Best nursery I've found in Salt Lake County.read more
s c
s c
21:51 23 Apr 22
Great plants, shrubs and trees! Awesome staff! Great warranty! I've purchased ... everything...soil, annuals, perennials,shrubs and trees I will always purchase from Glover!Awesome staff! Best selection!read more
Tia Johansen
Tia Johansen
21:30 17 Mar 22
Picked up some seeds today. Everyone was very helpful.Three years later this is still a place I... visit very couple of weeks. Great selection and staff.read more
Bill Thompson
Bill Thompson
18:26 09 Dec 21
I have bought everything from garden supplies, bedding plants, trees and even Christmas trees from... Glover's for more than 30 years. They have a great selection, are honest, and stand behind what they sell. They are the best of the best!read more
Alexis Nixon
Alexis Nixon
20:47 02 Oct 21
Rett was AMAZING! So helpful and knowledgeable. He helped us pick the best tree, we're so... excited!!! Definitely come here. 10/10read more
Rhonda Roth
Rhonda Roth
19:18 18 Sep 21
We have been frequenting Glover Nursery quite a bit while we are re-landscaping out back yard. We... have found their staff to be extremely helpful and very honest. Their staff have guided us toward better plant selection many times to help meet our desire to have low-water plants as much as possible. They also offer up to 5-year warranties on many of their larger plants and trees, if you use certain products when planting. We will continue to return to Glover time and time again for our landscaping needs!read more
Nathan McCleery
Nathan McCleery
16:58 18 Sep 21
They could do a little better on approaching customers and offering to help, especially in the tree... section. They carry lots of healthy plants and have good advice. They offer services to help you if you aren't ready to do it on your own.read more
Deborah Sax
Deborah Sax
13:23 07 Sep 21
Amazing selection- prices are competitive with Home Depot and Lowe’s. They keep the native plants... out much longer in the season- once Home Depot and Lowe’s have cleared their shelves. They have way more choices than you’ll find anywhere else for all variety of plants and trees.read more
LANCE SAUNDERS
LANCE SAUNDERS
23:53 03 Sep 21
After shopping six different nurseries in the last couple of days looking for specific trees I... wanted, I visited this place. This is really a gold-star type place. Great variety and reasonable prices in a beautiful setting. Their customer service was very good. Helpful people willing to assist and answer questions. I’m sure I’ll be a regular customer here. Well done.read more
Jason Harris
Jason Harris
17:22 07 Aug 21
They have an amazing variety of plants, and the nursery is so easy to navigate with signs pointing... you to where you need to go. Ordered 77 plants and 3 trees from them and they all arrived looking healthy and vibrant.Ordered mulch this summer as well, and they gave a quick refund when we accidently ordered one too many truck loads of mulch.Have a few plants that are struggling after being planted. If they don't make it I am anxious to see how seamless the plant warrantee is.read more
Natalie Barnes
Natalie Barnes
03:27 21 Jul 21
Tons of beautiful plants: flowers, trees, shrubs, and more. Lots of decor, statues, fountains, etc.... Helpful staff. Love coming here.read more
Kenneth Hixson
Kenneth Hixson
02:52 09 Jul 21
Fantastic nursery. Every tree we have gotten here has done really well. Very knowledgeable and... polite staff!read more
vivian Dowsett
vivian Dowsett
04:26 22 Jun 21
If you are fortunate enough to have Bret help you, he's the man! I had a list of plant material... for my xeriscaped front yard and he helped me find the best looking plants and was very patient and knowledgeable when I wanted to change the plan a bit. I found all the 50+ plants I was looking for. Highly recommend.read more
Sheila Passey
Sheila Passey
19:11 19 May 21
We love Glover because they have pretty much whatever you might need. The employees are always very... courteous and helpful as well as knowledgeable. The price point might be a little higher than WalMart, Costco, or Home Depot but the quality of product and service are likely a little higher, too. Choose carefully what time of day you go because they are always so busy!!read more
Aymee Renissa
Aymee Renissa
18:08 15 May 21
Beautiful nursery but everyone still has the bug to garden so a lot of items were out if any at... all. No fault to their own. Watched an employee getting upset with a man because he did not stop to show her his receipt instantly. Perhaps had she been doing more than sitting in a corner she would not have to yell at him.read more
Claire Donnelly
Claire Donnelly
03:50 15 May 21
The best nursery in Utah. Good customer service. Fair prices and high quality plants and goods.... Love it here.read more
Jonathan Williams
Jonathan Williams
02:46 07 May 21
Very helpful and their selection of plants and trees is HUGE! We purchased trees here last week and... they had many employees who were knowledgeable and helpful. Loading was easy too. This place is the best for plants and trees.read more
Jenny Walsh
Jenny Walsh
05:44 16 Apr 21
Glover is by far my favorite nursery in the valley. Not only do they have a huge selection of... perennials annuals and trees, but everything is organized and labeled in a way that makes it easy and fun to shop and find what you need. I don’t even live close to Glover, but I happily drive past 5 closer nurseries to get to them!read more
Charami Boyter
Charami Boyter
06:08 05 Apr 21
Hydrangea Heaven! I love this place and have spent hours roaming around their grounds. I love that... the employees are knowledgeable but not pushy, friendly but not overbearing and that the prices are reasonable. They also have lots of hard to find varieties, like the yellow raspberry plant I was searching for last year. Also, lovely fountains and unique statues. I can't wait to get there this year and start planting!**Would also like to give a huge shout-out to Jessica for helping me out and saving me hours of time the other day! She really went above and beyond and it was SO helpful to have someone fun and knowledgeable to shop with. Thanks Jessica!read more
Robert Noble
Robert Noble
05:13 05 Apr 21
Great quality plants and service. Will give you a five year guarantee on some plants if you use... their mycorrizae (Mykes) product. Definitely worth it. I've only had to return one plant out of many. Can't beat that!read more
Anthony Duncan
Anthony Duncan
01:11 04 Apr 21
Always very knowledgeable about whatever questions I have about landscaping. Also very helpful in... assisting me to get the right plant or product.read more
Trae Collier
Trae Collier
03:25 03 Apr 21
Great selection with an easy following layout to find exactly what you need. Unique and interesting... garden ornaments at reasonable prices to decorate your gardenread more
Michael Hudson Jr
Michael Hudson Jr
04:21 26 Mar 21
They had everything we needed, and some things we did not ! Great experience all around! Will... return to get all of our gardening needs!read more
Stephanie Bergeson
Stephanie Bergeson
17:16 16 Mar 21
This is our favorite nursery. The staff is always helpful and knowledgeable. They have an awesome... selection of cool plants, bushes and trees that varies throughout the season. Good warranties on a lot it too. We're rookie gardeners and most of we've planted from here has done well so far.read more
Trisha Kingston
Trisha Kingston
12:44 16 Mar 21
Awesome selection. Higher prices than most places on trees etc, prob because they sale to prof... gardeners, but decent on some smaller plants. Go to for hard to find plants.read more
Brian Gull
Brian Gull
22:27 16 Jan 21
Love this place! Great people, great selection of trees and plants.
Amy Reed
Amy Reed
04:02 06 Dec 20
This is the third year in a row that we have purchased our Christmas tree at this nursery. We have... had very few issues with the trees themselves and the customer service here is top notch.The gentlemen who help take the tree to our car and tie it down are always very kind and professional. They do a great job every time. We haven't had any issues with the trees sliding around on the car and they have never caused any damage to our cars.The customer service has always been very professional as well. They are considerate people who always make sure we are happy with our trees.The only issue we had was the first tree we purchased from them. It did dry out a little quicker than we had planned but luckily it was very close to Christmas, so it was no problem. They have a good selection of trees and carry everything from little tiny two foot trees to enormous 10 foot plus trees.I highly recommend this nursery, not only for Christmas trees, but also for gardening all year long. The staff is always knowledgeable and great to work with.read more
Ryan Haroldsen
Ryan Haroldsen
06:20 15 Nov 20
Definitely the best place I've ever worked. All the people here are great and it's great visiting.... No other place with such friendly employees. All in all, this is absolutely the place to go if you are in need of plants.read more
Tenzin Lhanzey
Tenzin Lhanzey
00:18 03 Nov 20
I love this nursery. Stopped by today to pick up a tree from there. Ryan was very helpful with... picking the right tree for our backyard. Thank you!!read more
Tanya Hales
Tanya Hales
20:05 22 Sep 20
We've loved the trees we've bought here. We are looking at other plants and water features now. The... selection is amazing.read more
Jaana Bess
Jaana Bess
20:30 18 Sep 20
Ask for McKayla she knows evwrything about trees amd she is super nice.
Lyle Odendahl
Lyle Odendahl
15:10 14 Sep 20
This is a great local nursery. When you are ready to get better service and products than you can... find at the big box stores, great over to Glover. You'll find better service, better expertise, and surprisingly competitive prices. The plants are localized to our climate, instead of the Bonnie brand that everybody else sells and who knows where are grown. You'll find a large selection of fruit and ornamental trees, bulk soil amendments (bagged too), bedding plants, and the great variety of goods you'd expect to find at a large local nursery. I'm glad a rediscovered this nursery after Western Gardens closed our local store.read more
Jace Copier
Jace Copier
20:12 08 Sep 20
Beautiful layout, friendly employees with vast knowledge about plants and gardening. I love this... place!read more
Nathan Harris
Nathan Harris
13:38 08 Sep 20
They didn't have Marijuana, no weed!
Andra Meyer
Andra Meyer
15:33 07 Sep 20
They have the largest and best selection of plants! I drive from Lehi because there’s nothing that... compares anywhere closer.read more
Nate Brown
Nate Brown
02:29 06 Sep 20
Huge selection. This place goes on forever!
Randy Jarvis
Randy Jarvis
22:00 02 Sep 20
Great selection of all your gardening Landscaping needs. Friendly staff always willing to help
Anfaney Gladwin
Anfaney Gladwin
17:39 02 Sep 20
They have a decent selection of things you can buy at any other garden center at a slightly... inflated price. They are starting to carry more hard to find items. I wish they would carry more native/drought resistant plants.read more
Jim young
Jim young
14:05 01 Sep 20
Found employees to be very helpful, they have a plant selection wider and better than most, if you... are looking for a unique company that offers all the experience and materials with great service check them out, oh they even help you out to your vehicle with your purchase..old school service done right!read more
Jeremy Schow
Jeremy Schow
23:45 29 Aug 20
Best nursery in the valley! Seriously beautiful with many different plant species, it's a must see!
Amber Shaw
Amber Shaw
17:03 03 Aug 20
We've been to many garden centers over the years and BY FAR Glover is the best around. Everything... we've purchased from them has been high quality and has done very well in our garden. We've also used their delivery services and well as their planting services- both of which were wonderful! They arrive on time and the work is done very professionally. They also have staff that are very knowledgable about the plants and products they sell, which is something other nurseries are seriously lacking with their employees, so that's something I appreciate! All of our purchases from trees, to flowers to veggies have always done great, I couldn't rave about them more!read more
Christopher Colling
Christopher Colling
18:49 29 Jul 20
Absolutely outstanding service! Val & McKayla were extremely helpful, going above & beyond to take... care of me today. I am a landscape contractor & I appreciate being taken care of so well. Wholesale or retail, I recommend Glover Nursery! 10/10.read more
Joan Dorney
Joan Dorney
01:43 28 Jul 20
They are fantastic to deal with. Very courteous and friendly. Went out of their way to help us get... our Japanese Pagodaread more
Garrett Marshall
Garrett Marshall
00:44 14 Jul 20
My girlfriend and I decided as first time plant buyers to make this the first nursery we visited in... our quest to find the perfect ensemble of pet safe, shade friendly, and easy to maintain plants because of the rave reviews Glover's has (which I spent an hour reading through simply because they were pleasant to read). Rett kindly greeted us within about 2 minutes of us starting to browse the rows and rows of plants. He asked what we were looking for. We explained and he quickly pointed us to which spots of the nursery would have plants fitting our criteria. He taught us where to look to find plant information which was very helpful to us newbies. He provided wise words: to start small with our plants and to grow our garden as we became more comfortable with our green thumbs. He answered every question we had with knowledge and the occasional--and very welcomed--joke! We will always come back to Glover's after this amazing experience on our very first visit. Thanks Glover's and thanks Rett!read more
Clifford Sackett
Clifford Sackett
16:21 03 Jul 20
They have some native plants that you can't find anywhere else. And a good selection of trees
Rhiannon L
Rhiannon L
01:02 01 Jul 20
This is my preferred nursery. There are so many people who offer tips and advice and you can return... stuff and get your money back. There are so many options of different plants too! I was looking for bushes and OMG -- so many varieties. Worth the trip across the valley to visit Glover's.read more
Kat Child
Kat Child
16:42 01 Jun 20
I love this nursery SO much. Every time I come here the staff is friendly and helpful and if they... don’t know the answer, they find someone who does. I will only purchase my plants from Glover, they absolutely thrive! And their soil is incredible! Not to mention it’s good for the soul to just walk around and take in how gorgeous this place is. Thank you Glover Nursery!!!read more
Steve Hanson
Steve Hanson
22:44 23 Apr 20
This is a good place to go for some of your less-common trees. Great variety. Knowledgeable staff.... And beautiful grounds.read more
Matt Connors
Matt Connors
17:04 23 Apr 20
Incredible selection. A sales rep. named Lynn was incredibly helpful to me and took an hour to... listen to what I wanted, present options, and seemed very knowledgeable. He even made sure everything was loaded properly and protected from wind during transport. I appreciated this because it's such a busy time for them! I'll definitely be back and thank you, Lynn!read more
Alexandra McCauley
Alexandra McCauley
04:37 29 Sep 18
My first time visiting, and I had a great time! The staff was nice, very attentive, and willing to... answer all of my questions!! I LOVE the plants we got! 🌼🌼 I can't wait to go back!read more
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