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Kinky Seeds

Funny.  It's rare to find an artichoke gone to seed.  Typically gobbled up when cheek-pinching perfect, young and in bud.  Passing one up is like a child passing up a perfectly creamy, chocolate dipped...

6 Things to Remember When Planting Seeds

  Have that feeling like you could mess up a good thing when you have it? Like seeds. Some thrive while others die. So, how do you increase their chance of thriving? Here are 6...

Six Seeds to Love and Plant

My early spring to-plant list always includes pumpkins. A garden without pumpkins must be like committing spring planting heresy. It’s just not right. And of course they have to be accompanied by loads of other...

Tips for Harvesting & Saving Seeds

The process of collecting and saving seeds is a powerful act, igniting a cascade of positive change. On one hand, it might seem like saving seeds is the simplest way to grow your garden...

Transplanting Seedlings vs. Direct Sowing Seeds

  Should you chuck seeds straight into the garden or grow them in modules or seedling trays first? Knowing where and how to plant could be the factor that takes your garden from good to...

8 Tips to Prevent Damping-Off of Seedlings

  The zeal of greens and other starts emerging from the soil, crisp and bright is something to look forward to. But sometimes our seedlings, even when imbibed with hope and expectancy, keel over before...

Sprouting Seeds

Sometimes I like to test the common school of thought, such as the first time I grew scarlet runner beans. Conventional wisdom says, "Start beans in a wet paper towel...." So, of course, I popped a...

Seed Saving Made Simple

  Ready to start your own personal seed bank? Or simply looking for ways to pay yourself forward, save money and grow a better garden? Honestly, there's no real trick to collecting and saving seeds except...

Time for Lunch

These cosmos starts were ready for "lunch" at least 2 weeks ago. At least in my mind they were. But I didn't get around to transplanting them back then and they have continued to...

Seeds 101: Seed Selection & Terminology

Growing a garden from seed is really pretty amazing. And! amazingly simple. So, don't let seed terminology commonly used to describe seeds slow you down. In fact, if the word "heirloom" doesn't make you want...
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