Much like a recipe is only as good as its ingredients, a garden is only as good as its seeds. Choosing seeds can be quite overwhelming. I’m hoping today’s post will make it a simpler process. I’ll cover where to get your seeds, how to choose the type you want and best of all, I’ll cover what are the jargon on the packet means.
Seed Saving & Starting
Everything you could need to know about seeds. When to start yours seeds, methods for sowing, and even how to save seeds so you don't have to buy more the following year. Seed saving is a total game changer and will show you how to truly appreciate good seeds.
We are thrilled to sponsor another giveaway at Mary’s Heirloom Seeds. Spring is here and it’s definitely time to start thinking about your garden (if you haven’t already).
Mary’s Heirloom Seeds currently offers over 300 varieties of open-pollinated, non-GMO & non-hybrid, non-patented, untreated, organic, heirloom garden seeds.
So what are the giveaway items this time?
– Organic Garden Starter Pack
– “In the Kitchen” Herb Garden Pack
– Baker’s Dozen Seed Combo Pack
Results of a recent social media poll showed 96% of people who start their plants from seed do so by following the instructions on the back of the packet. They sow seeds in pots in sunny windows 6-8 weeks before the last frost. It makes sense that you would follow the directions, but what if there were an easier and much better way to get those seedling started?
It took me several years to be a carrot gardener. Yes, apparently you have to be a special kind of gardener to grow carrots. For years I could grow practically anything… except carrots. I know I’m not alone. I’ve seen the gardening forums. Carrots are extremely discouraging, but they are (in my opinion) one of the yummiest garden gifts. Tomatoes may get all the glory when it comes to backyard gardens, but carrots really are the stars.
Finally, I discovered the trick and I was in carrot heaven. It is inexpensive and it will change your carroting world forever.
Are you just getting started saving seeds? Here is a wonderful resource for everything you could need to know about saving various types of seeds. We cover the easy, intermediate, and hard vegetable seeds as well as a variety of herbs and flowers. Be sure to check back from time to time as we will be continuously adding to the list.
You asked for it in our post Winter Seed Sowing Anywhere, and I’m here to deliver. How do I know what to sow and when to sow? What kind of containers can I use? What about watering? I’ve got the answers to these questions and more. Discover how to winter sow seeds where you live.
Sometimes disaster strikes your seed collection when you least expect it. Only a few days ago, my older son and I sorted out our seed collection by variety. Just yesterday I doled out extra seeds I had to those I knew could use them. When I went to bed, I had a well-organized stash of over 100 seed packets.
Seed saving (also known as “brown-bagging”) is an amazing skill to learn. Not only do you save money and control the quality of your plants from year-to-year, it’s a very rewarding step towards self-sufficiency. Imagine this: No dashing to the store to discover all of the “good tomato seeds” have been sold out for the season.
If you couldn’t guess, Mike is a gardener. But he’s not just any gardener. He is also the owner of Mike the Gardener Enterprises located at averagepersongardening.com If you haven’t checked out his site, now is the time. It’s a wealth of gardening knowledge. Another aspect of Mike the Garden’s Enterprises is a Seeds of the Month Club. OMG you will be in love.