Originally posted @Back to the Basics
The most obvious place to start is SEEDS! We use only non-GMO, open-pollinated, Heirloom Seeds. Mary's Heirloom Seeds are all of the above AND they are un-treated! Freshness of seeds is of utmost importance...And Mary's Heirloom Seeds… Continue
Added by Marianne Smith on January 29, 2014 at 12:24pm —
Added by Marianne Smith on January 29, 2014 at 12:22pm —
Most people don't think about seed-starting in January. If you live in warmer climates such as… Continue
Added by Marianne Smith on January 6, 2014 at 6:01pm —
It's happening over at UpCountry Living. I am ordering a slew of seeds from Seed Savers Exchange, Johnny's Selected Seeds and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
The list of seeds I'm ordering is viewable at: … Continue
Added by Jenna Beaulieu on February 4, 2013 at 7:50pm —
I've had a few people ask me how to cold stratify seeds, such as purple coneflower (echinacea). This blog post by Mr. Brown Thumb offers a great explanation, complete with pictures, too! EASY!
Added by Kristie Nackord on May 30, 2011 at 8:59am —
I love to recycle, and reuse, I believe you do need a little bit of creativity to reuse the apparently useless and soon to be trash into something functional. I also love to garden and to save. I sowed so many seeds. I have many seeds due to my participation in seed swaps and I had to find pots for all of them. Why would buy pots for seeds when I have plenty if I look keenly enough into my home? My husband told me the other day that I utilize everything, I was glad to hear… Continue
Added by Andrea K on March 19, 2011 at 11:30pm —
We see some themes popping up in discussions on HOMEGROWN.org and thought it time to revisit some topics covered in the blog and library
In Soil We Trust?
Soil testing resources.
Self-watering Containers Made… Continue
Added by Cornelia on March 15, 2011 at 9:11am —
Spring is already bursting with life at our house, two weeks before the official start of the season. We're being blessed with an early start to a plentiful crop of vegetables. The lettuce and broccoli seeds are happily germinating in abundance, less than a week after being planted in little indoor containers.…
Added by Flour Sack Mama on March 5, 2011 at 5:12pm —
Added by me on February 24, 2011 at 4:52pm —
So, I'm hosting Squash february over on my blog as a way to inspire you (and myself) to eat the backlog of winter squash you may have in your cold storage. I'm proud to say we've eaten around 50% of our stash, but still have 4 acorns, 2 butternuts, and 1 delica to go. And I only have 2 weeks left! YIKES! anyway, below is one of my posts on seed saving. it's a beginner's guide, that's for sure because i'm just learning too! XO…
Added by ohsweetie on February 14, 2011 at 11:42pm —
After experiencing the “blizzard” (aka Snow-mageddon, Blizzaster, or Snowhere Near Expectations, depending on your location) that just swept through the eastern half of the US, it’s somewhat difficult to believe that now is the right time of year to start thinking about seeds and gardens and green plants reaching up through… Continue
Added by Cara Rosaen on February 8, 2011 at 4:36pm —
Baby, it’s cold outside, but spring is just around the corner, so even if you don’t garden year-round outdoors, now is the time to prepare for spring. Getting a head start on the growing season indoors will insure your garden lights the landscape up come spring.
Make a list of what you want to grow, take inventory of what you have, then sit down with your seed catalogs and order what you want. Don’t wait too late in the season because not only might you be faced with items you want… Continue
Added by Sheri Ann Richerson on January 12, 2011 at 4:24pm —
Posted on http://nworbleahcim.blogspot.com/
I'm not a smoker - but that's not going to stop me from learning how to grow, cultivate, and enjoy some good nicotiana tabaccum. Last spring, bought a pack of Scherazi Tobacco seeds - an Iranian variety - and was able to get 1 plant to… Continue
Added by michael on November 3, 2009 at 11:48am —
I have a grow-op in my basement. It's not what you think. I have more than 60 baby pepper plants, 100 baby tomatos, 3 hibiscus, 5 brugmansia trees, 2 abuliton, jacobinias, artichokes, 5 varieties of basil, a goji berry yearling, and many many other beautiful or edible plants that would be dead if I left them outside for the winter. I grew a pineapple in my basement. If I used high pressure sodium grow lights, the utility bills would kill me. Instead, I have 5 banks of fluorescent shop lights… Continue
Added by melissa krone on May 13, 2009 at 6:20pm —
We had a busy, wonderful day today.
Frank and Riley worked on a real door for the greenhouse. They hung it a little while ago and then came in to watch the rest of the golf tournament.
Yesterday, the kids had helped me fill 200 peat pots with the "tobacco/vegetable soil" that we got from the supply store. Today, I spent a couple of hours putting seeds into the pots, labeling them (until I ran out of "popsicle" sticks!), and organizing stuff around the greenhouse. Nadia… Continue
Added by thewhatleys on March 29, 2009 at 6:30pm —
Well, we got the bad news this week- they've again tightened credit standards for mortgage loans, so no new farm for us for the time being. Hell with it, the longer we save, the faster we can pay it off and be totally debt free! While it's disappointing, my faith tells me that everything happens for a reason and in it's proper time. Perhaps that particular farm we first wanted is not where we are meant to be!
That all said, I'm preparing my seed orders for this year! I've decided to… Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on February 14, 2009 at 3:30am —
I started my first round of seeds today! Last fall was my first attempt at starting from seeds, and this is now my first spring.
My first round includes tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, bell peppers, eggplants and tobacco (why not? Although being careful to not pull a Homer and make tomacco
I started all these in one of those mini greenhouse starters. Anybody use these before?
Also going to direct sow some carrot… Continue
Added by michael on January 24, 2009 at 5:43pm —