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...

Harvesting Seeds

  Gathering seeds is like starting from scratch -- like a bright shining moment that when combined with effort and anticipation lead to something great (at least that's the hope). Next season's planting, a new...

How to Collect & Save Tomato Seeds

  If you're a tomato lover it's time to start thinking about collecting and saving seeds for next season's crop. There's a fancy way to do it, a human jump-started fermentation process, and then there's...

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...

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...

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...

Seed Saving

These are the last of my beans for the season. I left them on the vine to fully mature and ready for next season's planting, pulling them before our first full set of rains...

Tips for Growing and Transplanting Seedlings

  Starting seeds in pots, indoors or out, can give them the extra bit of protection they need to make it to the next stage in life. The competitors of the garden are all too...

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...

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...
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