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Posted on 21 April 2010 by

Vegetables to Start from Seed

basil2By Sonya Welter

The easiest way to start your garden is with transplants from a nursery, and for some plants this makes sense.

Here in Duluth, Minnesota, and in other cooler climates, the growing season simply isn’t long enough to grow hot weather crops like tomatoes or peppers from seed outdoors, and if you want to grow these vegetables at all, you’ll need to start seeds indoors several weeks from the last predicted frost.

Transplants cost more than seeds, but that way someone else does all the hard work of adjusting grow lights and fussing over humidity levels.

But there are some vegetables that, no matter where you live, should always be started from seed, because they grow quickly or don’t like their roots to be disturbed. It’s also a lot of fun to start some vegetables from seed, because that way you get to go out to your garden every day hoping to see little green leaves poking out through the dirt and reaching for the sky.

Radishes are the sprinters of the Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 13 January 2010 by

Are Survival Seed Packs Worth It?

survival-seedsBy Vanessa Richins

I’ve been seeing websites advertising “Survival Seeds” popping up.

Basically, they offer a collection of different heirloom seeds to have on hand in case of food scarcity, disasters, and more.

They can be pretty pricey – so are they worth it?

In one such pack I found advertised. there were 22 varieties, said to plant 1 acre. At a price of $149 (on special, of course!) , that means each kind of vegetable is basically $6.77. Some will be more, some will be less.

I searched out prices for the same varieties that were listed. Most of these are priced Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 01 January 2010 by

How Long Do Garden Seeds Last?

seedsBy Vanessa Richins

Many gardeners choose to store garden seeds–especially from vegetables–at the end of the growing season, but the seeds will not last forever.

The natural shelf life of garden seeds depends on the kind of plant.

Store seeds in a cool, dry location so they will last longer than their natural shelf life.

They can be placed in a sealed jar in the refrigerator with a moisture absorbent like rice, silica packets or powdered milk.

One Year

Seeds that can be stored successfully for one year include parsnips, spinach and sweet corn. Annual flower seeds can last from one to three years.

Two Years

Beans, beets, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 24 June 2009 by

Grow Your Own Black-Eyed Peas

black-eyed-peasBy Vanessa Richins

When I was little, I was fascinated by black-eyed peas.

I had never eaten them, but somehow decided that they were a plant I needed to grow.

Perhaps it was the fact that they looked like a little eye.

I bought packets of seeds yearly. I don’t think I ever harvested any, but I kept buying seeds.

Hopefully you’ll have better success with this Southern favorite – Vigna unguiculata, also known as Cowpeas. Did you know they come from Africa?

When you are choosing a Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 20 June 2009 by

Growing Cilantro and Coriander – Two Herbs, One Plant

cilantroBy Vanessa Richins

If you’re a fan of salsa, you’re probably very familiar with cilantro.

If you also like to cook, you’re probably familiar with coriander.

Did you know, however, that these come from the same plant?

When you’re using the leaves of Coriandrum sativum, it’s called cilantro. If you let it flower and produce seeds, those are called coriander.

Cilantro prefers cooler weather. If you’re wanting to use the plant for cilantro, then plant outside in early spring or keep inside in the kitchen. When it’s warm, the plant will become bitter and go into seed production, so you could plant for coriander then.

Start the plants where you Read the rest of this entry »


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