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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 […]

How to Save Tomato Seeds

how i save my tomato seeds A Step by Step Photo Demonstration Select a ripe heirloom tomato (or several) Cut in half horizontally Squeeze out seeds and juice into a jar Let sit for a week. The liquid will start to ferment, and a layer of mould will form on the top. Add water, the […]

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 […]

Collecting Arugula Seeds

For those of you who have arugula going to seed (or other greens). It is perfectly natural for greens to want to “bolt” (start to produce seed) when it gets hot, but if your greens are already bolting, you might have wanted to pick them & eat them more. They are the types of wonderful […]