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Seed Saving – Simple Starter Tips

Simple Starter Tips Start With the Seeds: To grow good seed, you must plant good seed, look for heirloom varieties. Basic Biology: Insects and wind can cross-pollinate your plants. Isolate or keep distance between plants you want to collect seeds from. Watch Your Plants: Observation is important. Seeds ripen in mature plants, timing will vary depending on plant […]

Seed Saving – Basic Terms

Basic Terms Heirloom: Open-pollinated seeds are selected & saved for generations. They are rare varieties with historical, cultural or social significance. If saved correctly, they will reliably produce an adapted, but true seed annually. Self-Pollinating: When a plant contains both male & female parts, it can produce fruit without insects or other plants. Cross-Pollination:  Pollen […]

Transplanting How-To

My little seedlings are getting a big squished in their cell packs. I don’t listen to my own advice when it comes to planting only one seed in each. It is time to transplant when the seedlings get long & leggy or when they get their first true leaves (they ones that actually look like […]

How to Plant Garlic

So, today, November 14th, I finally planted my garlic. This is one of the first times I have ever done it without frozen fingers or under a light dusting of snow, and I usually get to it around Halloween. Here are some photos  3 varieties cracked, laid out, and ready to plant!  Created little divots […]

Seed Saving – Poppies

Poppy seed heads are ready when they are browned & dry. The photo above shows one that is perhaps even too far along, but you get the idea. You can also pick them when they are between green & brown & let them dry indoors so that you don’t loose the seeds  Poppy seeds are […]