Category Archive: All About Seeds

Jun 12

When to Start Fall Crops

Gardening Jones shares how she decides when to plant seeds for a fall harvest.

I know, it’s only the middle of June and already we’re talking about the fall plants. But the time to get started is now. There are a few crops that actually like the cold, and even taste sweeter if allowed to get some frosts. Recently we learned that Brussel Sprouts in particular can be harvested …

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Mar 05

Making Seed Tapes & Mats

Gardening Jones looks at how and why to make seed tapes and mats.

You can easily buy seed tapes for many varieties of veggies, most especially for ones like carrots that have tiny seeds and often require thinning. I don’t like thinning plants, I’ll be up front about it. It’s both a waste of time and of seeds. So while I am waiting to get out into the …

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Feb 13

Which Edibles Need Bees to Produce?

Gardening Jones answers some of the most common gardening questions Jeopardy style.

Or other pollinators for that matter? The thing is, not all edible crops need to be pollinated by bugs. Some don’t need bees or other pollinators at all; others benefit from them but can still produce even if they are not around. Here’s a list of what’s what: We need pollinators all the time: • …

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Jan 24

32 Seed Companies

Gardening Jones shares links to more than 30 seed companies she has purchased from.

I posted this picture in a Facebook gardening group I co-admin recently. The reason I did is that I am trying to not buy any seeds for this planting season; more as an exercise in self-restraint than anything else. And every time I look at my seed stash, I realize I don’t need to. I …

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Jan 15

On Starting Seeds Indoors

Gardening Jones shares how she gets her seeds started indoors.

  There are probably as many ways gardeners are starting seeds indoors as there are gardeners. If you are new to starting from seeds, this may help. It is pretty basic really. We have metal shelves that just fit over our kitchen propane fireplace. This provides a heat source at no additional cost to us. We …

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Jan 02

13 Faster Growing Edibles

You might call it fast food. These veggies are ready to eat sooner than their relatives. Whether your season is short or you just want to make the most of it, here are a few suggestions. Most of the information was found from Johnny’s Select Seeds and reprinted with their permission. They specialize in farm …

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Jan 01

10 Varieties of Radish

Gardening Jones shares one if her favorite radish varieties.

  One of the fastest growing edibles, radishes can be harvested in as little as three weeks after sprouting. They are often used to mark rows of vegetables that take longer to sprout, like carrots and parsnips. Relatives of the cole crops, some radishes can be planted towards the end of summer and stored in …

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Dec 27

7 Favorite Winter Squash Varieties

Gardening Jones takes a look at her favorite winter squash varieties.

I have this thing for winter squash. There are so many varieties, they store well, they require little attention on my part, the critters we deal with tend to leave them alone, and they really hit the spot at mealtime when the temperatures drop. It’s hard to choose just a few favorites, but here is …

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Nov 29

New Seeds for the 2016 Garden

Some interesting plants that we'll be growing in 2016.

Here’s a look at some of the new edibles we will be trying, and sharing info about, in the upcoming gardening season. Have you grown any of these before? Cumin Chervil Anise Ashitaba Seakale Chickory Cardamon Sesame Camas Amole Savory Sorrel Valerian Radicchio Broom Tree Plant There will also be a few new flowers, like …

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Nov 13

A Thousand Words

A tip to help when you are growing new plants.

Unlike Mike the Gardener’s seed packet pictured in the middle above, not all companies adorn their envelopes with a photo of the plant you will grow. When I was very new to gardening I found myself going back to the magazine or website I purchased the seeds from to look at the pictures of the …

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