How to Save Seeds: Drying Seeds for Storage

Learn how to collect, save and cultivate seeds from more than 300 vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, trees and shurbs with "The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds." Authors Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough thoroughly explain every step in the seed-saving process. By Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough [repost: ] The following is an excerpt from The …

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Seed Saving Primer : Part One : Seed Biology 101

For those of us who pour over seed catalogs come January, this is for you! In full disclosure, I need to confess something... I am a HEIRLOOM SEED FREAK!!!  Seriously... no lie, it is sort of an obsession.  I love their names: Di Cicco Broccoli, Minnesota Midget Melon, Tom Thumb Popcorn, French Breakfast Radish (Have …

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Growing Radishes

Radishes are under-utilized in our diet. Radishes are good source of vitamin C, folate, riboflavin, thiamine, iron, magnesium, copper and calcium.  They are also full of anti-oxidants, phytochemicals, electrolytes and dietary fiber.  Radishes can be grown year-round; just select the right variety for the season.  There are over 200 varieties of radish, so pick and …

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Growing Asparagus

  Sow or Plant In the beginning of January; sow Asparagus seeds indoors in trays. Sow Asparagus in seedling trays in soil that is between 75-80o F at ¼- ½” depth. It will take about 3-4 weeks to germinate. Starting indoors ensures good germination. Another option is to plant Asparagus 1 year old crowns. In …

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Growing Broccoli

Sow In early January; sow Broccoli seeds indoors in trays in succession planting per week in 4” pots. Sow Broccoli in soil that is 80o F at ¼” depth. You may also try soaking for 12 hours and sprouting the Broccoli seeds and then plant directly into the soil if seedlings are not taking off. …

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Growing Beets

Beets are most certainly one of my most favorite vegetables in the world. Specifically, I love roasted beet salads with goat cheese and pumpkin seeds or walnuts. Oh, it is so good! They are very good for you as well. They are dense, meaty, earthy and fantastic. In a world where everything seems to be …

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Growing Strawberries

Who doesn't love strawberries?  With grocery store berries costing between $3-$5 per pound and chocked full of 13 nasty pesticides, it is time to grow your own.  Growing strawberries, while it takes a little time to get them established, your strawberry plants and it's runners continue to produce for years to come.  Let's get started! …

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Growing Artichokes

Artichokes are native to the Mediterranean area of the world and if grown as perennials, they need to be grown in USDA zones 8-11. So, if you are not in these zones, grow Artichokes as annuals. To do this, we need to pull the wool over Mother Nature's eyes -- yes fool Mother Nature... Artichokes …

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Seed-Starting Essentials

Starting seeds is the inexpensive way to grow more of your favorite plants. Here's what you need to know for success. Seed-Starting Essentials Starting seeds is the inexpensive way to grow more of your favorite plants. Here's what you need to know for success. Starting plants from seed has many practical benefits: You save money, …

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Growing Peas

Peas are one of the tastiest vegetables to plant in a garden.  They are easy to grow, sweet when picked at the right time, chocked full of protein, easy to harvest and store.  This is definitely one of my go-to veggies. Sow At the end of January; directly sow seeds in succession (enough for one …

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