Category: All About Seeds

Jan 16

We’re Downsizing the Gardens. There, I Said it.

Gardening Jones is paring down her seed stash and giving them away.

A co-worker in her late 70’s told me the day she felt old was when she had to sit down to get her underwear on. I remember my Dad, a Navy man and lifelong swimmer said the day he felt old was when he went to dive into the swimming pool, and opted to use …

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Feb 02

Garden Planning – 18 Tomatoes Making the Cut

Gardening Jones shares which tomato varieties made the cut for 2017.

Seeds from tomatoes can remain viable for 10 years or more, so it’s easy enough to develop a collection of varieties. Especially if you also save your own. When I tell you, and this isn’t bragging, that I have 43 packets of seeds that were given to me, saved, or purchased… well if you know …

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Jan 23

12 Random Things to Know About Saving Seeds

 Let cucumbers get over ripe, even turn yellow, before saving the seeds. Know that veggies can only cross with their same species. So a zucchini might cross with a pumpkin, both are C. pepo, but not with a hubbard squash, C. moschata. More on that here. Tomatoes can cross pollinate, but it is much less …

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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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