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Marketing/Hype – Will The Product Advertised Give You Healthy Nutrient Dense Produce You Desire?

The onslaught of advertising for gardening products is on!

Have you already seen several things that you think would enhance your garden’s ability to produce more? Or help your newly started seedlings grow better? Or be just the kind of watering system you need?

Do These Advertisements Sound Like Something You Need?

“Our unique fertilizer is blended to include all the micro-nutrients that (whatever […]

Garden Lettuce – Read This if You Hate It, Love It and/or Want Superior Seed

About everything you can think of tastes better when you grow it yourself;  especially from an organic garden that works with nature . The only exception I can think of is if you grow varieties that have little or no taste.

Grow the Right Variety

Sometime back a reader told me her husband didn’t like garden lettuce. He preferred store bought. I’d almost be […]

Saving Seed – Reasons to Put It on the Priority List

Once we’re no longer a kid, time seems to move more quickly. That can awaken us to the fact that even the seemingly minor decisions we make from day to day and what we do with life’s precious minutes, can make a huge difference in our future well being.

Knowing even the basic facts about what’s happening in the seed industry, can be powerful […]

Make Gardening More Fun/ Save Time & Money with Fundamentals (seed, nitrogen, onions, forced growth, peppers, hybrids)

Many products and even growing methods are deemed necessary ONLY as a result of exchanging nature’s simple, but efficient, way for something complicated. […]

Onions – Helping A Reader – Should She Plant According to Directions on the Package?

I received an email today from long time friend and reader, Toni, from Oregon.

She writes:

I’m looking on my onion seed packets. These are seeds grown for companies locally. They all say to plant the seeds directly into the garden from April to mid-July. This is really confusing me. Do you think I should try doing that?

Because of your direction in blog […]

Seed Viability – Buying Surplus on Sale – Or Using Your Own Surplus Seed

How long our vegetable, flower, and herb seeds remain viable (able to germinate) will depend on various things such as:

how we store them (cool, dry, low humidity, dark) and even the condition of the original crop the seed comes from.

Charts

There are lots of charts out there. Here’s one you might want to take a look at for simplicity’s sake: http://www.clearcreekseeds.com/seed-viability-chart/ (Cut […]

Succession Planting and Nature

In the most recent post on lettuce in mid September, it had not rained here for weeks. Shorty after that, it rained for an entire week. Then skipped a week and rained another week.

The garden is now perfect for transplanting my lettuces.

As you already know from the previous post, I started succession planting the first of September.  Thus far, four plantings are […]

Adjusting the WinterSown Method to Allow You to Start Vegetable Seedlings without Indoor Lighting

Understand that the “official” or “original” or “real” way of wintersown involves starting seed OUTDOORS in “taped closed” jugs (with the cap off for ventilation). They get the proper light and because of the somewhat protected environment, get off to a earlier start (germinate sooner) than they would if they were sown in borders or gardens without the protection of the container.

The seed […]

Garden Seed – Heirloom or Hybrid? Information to Help Make the Choice

There seems to be a lot of inaccurate information around on heirlooms and hybrids. Articles on both seem to be filled with personal feelings rather than actual facts that might help you decide which of the two is the best seed for your garden.

You don’t have to be a scientist. But you do need to become familiar with some terms and facts that […]

Onions – Bolting – What Causes It and What We Can Do

When you plant onions with the goal of having a supply to last almost until the next growing season, you don’t want to see those hard flower stalks and seed heads that indicate the onion is prematurely bolting. Once that happens the onion is good only for eating immediately and will not store for future use.

Borettana Cippolini onions prematurely setting seed heads […]