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How to start plants from seed indoors to transplant in the garden later

How to start plants from seed indoors to transplant in the garden later
Andrea Levy, The PD With visions of plump, juicy tomatoes, crisp cauliflower and sunny marigolds dancing in their heads, some gardeners spend late winter sowing seeds indoors and pampering their emerging beauties until it's warm enough to move them outdoors. These indoor gardeners like to get growing early for several reasons. One, a packet of a dozen or so seeds, which costs a few dollars, is a fraction of what ready-to-plant botanicals cost. "It's cheaper than buying flowering plants and vegetable starts," says Christine Harris, an Ohio State University Extension Cuyahoga County master gardener, who won the statewide award of volunteer of the year at the International Master Gardener Conference in Charleston, W.V., last year. Harris, who has been starting seeds indoors for about 13 years, says she has discovered a lot of vegetables and flowers that are not available at local greenhouses. And finally, it's entertaining for kids. "It's important to follow the instructions," he says. 1. 2. Related:  Seeds and Seedlings

Great Vegetable Seeds from The Real Seed Catalogue How to Make Homemade Peppermint Extract Part of the reason that I decided to grow mint this year was so that I could try making my own peppermint extract. Jesse and I are pretty much obsessed with mint (especially mint plus chocolate) so we go through a lot of mint extract. Even though I buy my extracts through Azure Standard, they’re not exactly cheap, so making my own seemed like a great way to save some money. I finally got down to it last weekend. The extract has only been sitting for a few days so far so I can’t tell you how it came out, but I wanted to share the method now in case anyone else has an abundance of mint just begging to be used for something. How to Make Peppermint Extract I did a quick Google search and found a multitude of recipes, all of which followed the same basic outline. Harvest a bunch of mint leaves from your mint plant. Harvested mint leaves Remove mint leaves from stalks (if applicable) and pack leaves into a measuring cup to determine how much mint you have. Mint leaves ready to be rinsed

The best way to sprout strawberry seeds / growing strawberries Neat way to grow strawberry plants from the seeds on the berries you buy from the store. Fragile come unarose shows how to take seeds from your strawberries that you are eating and sprout them and then transplant the little seedlings into a container till the are ready to go in to the garden. I like it, you won’t have to buy seed or starter plants again. photo credit Fragilecomeunarose

Seedstarting FAQs, How to Start Seeds, Growing from Seed A seedstarting kit, such as the Seedstarting Grow Kit, makes it easy to grow vigorous, healthy seedlings. I've talked to so many gardeners who are experienced at growing plants outdoors but hesitate to start seeds indoors. To me, starting seeds is one of the most rewarding parts of gardening. It gets my hands in the soil (or at least the seedstarting mix) during the dark, cold days of late winter and early spring. Three for the price of one! Even the most experienced seedstarters occasionally have problems. Poor germination. Damping off. Mold and algae growth. Pale, stretched-out seedlings with weak stems. Discolored leaves.

Shallots, Lemon grass and Apple plants from seeds Great video from My inspired creation. She has bought shallots,lemongrass and saved some seeds from store bought red delicious apples and has now got all of them to root. Then she can transplant to the garden and grow her own . Pretty neat. I really didn’t think the seeds from apples would grow. photo credit My inspired creation 10 Best Heirloom Seed Companies Selected By Readers © MrBrownThumb When I set out to publish the post on seed sources for foodies, Kitchen Gardeners, and Chefs I did not intend to create an all-inclusive list of seed sources. I thought I would just highlight four of them, and maybe TreeHugger readers would find one they had not heard of before. I expected the post would be well-received because of the seed companies that I chose. Almost immediately, I started seeing comments pointing out that I had "forgotten" this or that heirloom seed company. Seed Saving Organizations Seed saving organizations are slightly different from seed companies. 1. The most popular suggestion for inclusion was Seed Savers Exchange. 2. The Kusa Seed Society's mission statement states its purpose as being to increase humanity's knowledge and understanding of our connection to edible seed crops. 3. One commenter suggested the Organic Seed Alliance. Seed Companies 4. 5. Seed Sources for Canadian Gardeners 6 & 7. 8, 9 & 10. How did I do this time?

How to Save Your Seeds I think the practice of saving seeds is due for a revival. Seed saving is rewarding in so many ways. It’s very easy. If you find yourself smitten by it, there are ways you can get more expert about it. However, even a little seed saving is an empowering and powerful thing to do. Basics What you basically do when you save seeds is this: you go to the seeds when they are ready and get them; you make sure they’re really dry, and then you store them. It’s as simple as that but … Getting good seeds at the right time involves knowing the usual life cycle of a plant and whether a seed will stay true. You can gather them in different ways such as plucking, rubbing, shaking or grabbing. Making sure seeds are dry enough means having a good drying space for them. Storing seeds well involves having appropriate labels and containers for them. Plant Types and Specifics Plants are annual, biennial or perennial. ~Annual plants (such as lettuce and tomatoes) flower and mature seed in the same year. Lettuce Whew.

The Top 10 Healthiest Seeds on Earth by John Summerly, They come in all different sizes, shapes and colours. The seed is an embryonic plant itself and the origin of nutrition. A plant goes to great lengths to produce each seed and fill it with high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential oils and dormant enzymes. A seed is life. How to Eat Seeds There is only one way to derive nutrition from seeds and that is to eat them raw. - Choose raw and unsalted seeds - Avoid coated or roasted seeds - Avoid sugar coated seeds The 10 Healthiest Seeds on Earth Serving Size = 1 Tsp Consider these facts about Chia seeds: - 2.5 times more protein than kidney beans - 3 times the antioxidant strength of blueberries - 3 times more iron than spinach - 6 times more calcium than milk - 7 times more vitamin C than oranges - 8 times more omega-3 than salmon - 10 times more fiber than rice - 15 times more magnesium than broccoli Serving Size = 1 Tbsp More people are discovering the nutritional benefits of hemp seed, nut and oil.

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Heirloom Seeds: Sustainably Grown, Organic, Untreated and Open-Pollinated Sustainable Seed Company Seed Savers Exchange Native Seeds/SEARCH - The Story of Glass Gem Corn: Beauty, History, and Hope If you’ve spent any time online recently, you might have noticed a striking photo making its rounds. Feast your eyes on Glass Gem corn: a stunning, multi-colored heirloom that has taken Facebook and the blogosphere by storm. With its opalescent kernels glimmering like rare jewels, it’s easy to see what the buzz is about. For the staff here at Native Seeds/SEARCH, the viral explosion of interest in Glass Gem has been thrilling—but not surprising. Like many heirloom treasures, Glass Gem corn has a name, a place, and a story. Approaching old age, Barnes bestowed his precious seed collection to Greg Schoen, his corn-breeding protégé. The story of Barnes, Schoen, and their remarkable corn is not unusual. The bounty of genetic diversity our ancestral farmers and gardeners created in this way was shared and handed down across generations. Though much of this diversity may be gone, all hope is not lost. To Purchase Glass Gem Seed: Many people have contacted us looking to obtain Glass Gem seed.

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' : The Salt hide captionBackers of the new Open Source Seed Initiative will pass out 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale, on Thursday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP Backers of the new Open Source Seed Initiative will pass out 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale, on Thursday. A group of scientists and food activists is launching a campaign Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds. They're releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new "open source pledge" that's intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely. It's inspired by the example of open source software, which is freely available for anyone to use but cannot legally be converted into anyone's proprietary product. Irwin Goldman, a vegetable breeder at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, helped organize the campaign. These days, seeds are intellectual property.

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