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Posted on 09 April 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

A New Way of Planting Herbs-Container Garden Planting Disk

Photo Credit: Tiny Tomato Plants by sciondriver used under CC BY-NC 2.0

Photo Credit: Tiny Tomato Plants by sciondriver used under CC BY-NC 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day, I was in one of my favorite “feed and seed” just looking around and noticed a new item on their seed rack.

I thought I had seen everything. This included seed tape, seed bombs, and seed cards.

But a seed disk was something new to me.

As I looked through the assortment of seed disks created by Perry-Morse, I found that they were not limited to flowers but also included herbs. Being an herb lover and curious as far as the product, I decided to buy a basil disk.

Once I got it home, I could not wait until spring to plant it. So to the garden shed I went to Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 18 April 2010 by urbangardencasual.com

Seeds of Hope for Earth Day

earth-day-2009-sacramentoBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The first day of spring provided me with the perfect weather for one of my favorite eco-friendly activities.

After a long, cold winter I like any excuse to celebrate Mother Earth and encourage others to do the same.

So on the first warm day I get all my supplies together to start my celebration that I spread across the country.

One may ask what such a project could be and I would surprise you with one simple answer that is a plantable letters or cards.

These letters or cards are made from all the junk/scrape paper that I have kept over the winter and seeds that I have saved from my garden or purchased from a local discount store. These handmade letters or cards are mailed to my friends across the country with updates about my life and reminding them to celebrate April 22 (Earth Day) by planting their letters or cards.

Planting these letters or cards can spread seeds of hope and truly can prove that 1 person can make a difference in this world even if it is one plantable letter or card at a time. So with the directions below spread your own seeds of hope.

Handmade Paper

Supplies

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Posted on 01 January 2010 by urbangardencasual.com

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 »

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Posted on 25 February 2009 by urbangardencasual.com

Nature Hills Nursery Creates Green America Awards

garedningBy Vanessa Richins

Many gardening companies are jumping on the bandwagon of urban gardening.

They offer support and products to help individuals and groups improve their neighborhoods.

Nature Hills Nursery is no exception.

Their website proclaims “Our goal is to help communities reclaim land, turning eyesores into oases. We want to help dedicated individuals, groups and organizations make their local communities better Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 05 February 2009 by urbangardencasual.com

All American Selection Winners for 2009

Seed Magazine Review - reggieCasualBy Vanessa Richins

Every year the All American Selection committee announces the newest winners in its testing programs.

Their mission? “To promote new garden seed varieties with superior garden performance judged in impartial trials in North America.”

They test new varieties that have not been available for sale yet, then choose the most promising ones as winners.

This year, there were 4 winners announced:

– Viola F1 ‘Rain Blue and Purple’ (Viola cornuta) was named as the 2009 Cool Season Bedding Plant Award Winner. This viola was bred Read the rest of this entry »

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