Category: Gardening/Local Plant Life

Seed Saving and Testing

By , February 19, 2017

Five days ago I made “seed burritos.”  I wasn’t actually that hungry, I was checking to see how the seeds I saved from my garden would germinate.

The process was simple. I wet a section of paper towel, placed 10 seeds on it, wrapped it up like a burrito and placed it in a plastic bag. I labeled the bag with the seed type (note to self, add the date next time!). I didn’t seal the bag all the way, and placed it in a warm place. Then I waited.  I checked them every couple days or so. Some seed varieties take longer than others, so I knew to be patient.

Home saved seeds from 2016 garden. (photo: Michelle L Zeiger)

Home saved seeds from 2016 garden. (Photo: Michelle L Zeiger.)

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Fat Fingerlings

By , January 29, 2017

Liberty Hyde Bailey once said, “A garden is half-made when it is well planned. The best gardener is the one who does the most gardening by the winter fire.”

For all you gardeners who are planning the coming growing season (see Does My Garden Need a Mission Statement?) we offer a bit of encouragement from our last season.

To wit: get a load o’ these ‘taters!

Maria's potatoes, about 3 times our normal size (Photo: Michelle L. Zeiger).

Maria’s potatoes, about 3 times our normal size (Photo: Michelle L. Zeiger).

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