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Jumpstarting Spring: How to Greensprout Potatoes

Spring is getting off to a late start here in Vermont, and in many other parts of the country as well. As a result our customers have been asking us what they should do with their potatoes while they wait for the snow to melt and the ground to thaw. One method you can try is called greensprouting, or “chitting” potatoes, which takes advantage of the extra time available to transform your potatoes from starchy spuds into verdant…

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Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on April 7, 2014 at 10:13am — 3 Comments

Building Efficiencies Into Your Farm

I love to farm, but I am also happy when the day is over and I can have some time for other pursuits.  I try really hard to keep a schedule, and quit for the day at a certain time.  Granted, it has to bend some days.  Spring is tough.  There’s always too much to do.  But I think there are some ways to make the time spent each day go farther. …

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Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on January 10, 2013 at 4:57pm — No Comments

Give Peas a Chance - Growing Peas On Your Farm

It seems that everyone likes eating peas, but the planting and picking part can be a challenge. At my farm, we have decided that they are an important piece of our crop mix, and have found ways to ease their burden and have them week after week for our markets without too much stress.…

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Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on January 16, 2012 at 5:37pm — 1 Comment

Treating Our Tools with TLC

It’s so easy to simply hang your shovel on the nail when you hang up your proverbial towel at the end of the growing season, but there are a few simple practices that will help to preserve quality tools for decades of use.  The following tool care steps can also be used during the growing season for routine maintenance.

Many of our garden tools such as shovels, spades, knives, clippers, etc, are constructed of a combination of materials, often metal and wood. And while I have…

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Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on December 28, 2011 at 2:35pm — 2 Comments

Seed Viability Chart

Ever wondered how long you can save your seeds and have them still be viable? We've created this chart to help you determine the longevity of your seeds.

Proper seed storage conditions are cool and dark. The moisture content within the seed greatly affects germination rates. Seeds should be stored in their original packaging in a cool (below 50 degrees Fahrenheit), dark place where their moisture content will stay relatively stable. Here at High Mowing we keep our seed cooler at…

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Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on November 30, 2011 at 11:09am — 3 Comments

Fall Planting Guides by Region

Most every gardener has probably harvested at least something from their garden at this point in the summer…  but don’t let that beautiful bounty fool you! It will come to an end…  unless you plant a Fall Garden!  There is hope for extended harvests! A good portion of the United States has conditions…

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Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on August 1, 2011 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Seed Storage Tips

Often crop seed is left over in the package after planting. This excess seed can be saved for next year's garden, usually with little loss in germination.



Seeds do carry on their basic life processes even while in the dormant stage, just at a very slow rate.  The…

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Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on May 26, 2011 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Medicinal Qualities of Organic Culinary Plants

By Sarah Zettelmeyer



(Sarah is an independently trained student of herbology, has taught community classes on wild food/medicine ID, herbal home health, and herbal crafts in north central VT for over ten years. She is trained as a doula and has collectively facilitated and taught at an herbal summer camp for kids for the last 9 years. She… Continue

Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on May 9, 2011 at 2:54pm — 4 Comments

How to Do a Quick Germination Test at Home

Are you using last year’s seeds (or even older) and aren’t sure if they’re still viable? Try this germination test at home to see if they’re worth planting, or if you should be buying new seeds this year.

  1. Use a double thick paper towel.  Moisten with water and fold…
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Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on April 25, 2011 at 11:08am — 1 Comment

Growing Organic Spinach

In this spotlight we'll cover:



  • Planting & Cultural Tips
  • Harvest, Market & Storage Tips
  • Diseases &…
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Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on April 7, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

What are "Hybrid" Seeds?

-by Holly Simpson, High Mowing Organic Seeds' Sales Associate

 

At High Mowing Organic seeds we often get questions concerning our "Hybrid" seeds.

 

Hybridization is a naturally occurring process that happens all the time as plants can potentially get pollinated by…

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Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on April 4, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Turning Your Lawn into Your Lunch – How to Break New Ground for a Garden

- Paul Betz, High Mowing Organic Seeds Sales Associate and owner of High Ledge Farm, VT


Paul Betz Every year, more and more people are opening up new ground for gardening, either to create a plot or to expand an existing one. I am a big fan of smaller lawns and bigger gardens, as long as a little space… Continue

Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on March 29, 2011 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Incorporating Organic Cover Crops into Your Garden

-by Megen Hall, High Mowing Organic Seeds Sales Associate

Cover cropping and green manuring are good gardening practices for a number of reasons: they improve soil structure and fertility, increase organic matter, loosen compacted soils, reduce weeds, control erosion, and attract pollinating insects. …

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Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on March 29, 2011 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Growing Organic Micro-Greens – A Shot of Green To Get You Through These Final Weeks….

 

The thought on everyone’s mind these days at High Mowing is spring, spring, spring! …

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Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on March 3, 2011 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Choosing the Right Organic Vegetable Varieties for Your Region

There are so many different varieties out there – how do I decide what to plant based on what region of the country I am in?

Looking through a seed catalog can be a beautiful,…
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Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on January 6, 2011 at 5:13pm — 1 Comment

Growing Sprouts for a Burst of Winter Greens

Growing Sprouts for a Burst of Winter Greens - Megen Hall, High Mowing Organic…

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Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on December 13, 2010 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

Behind the Scenes of the High Mowing Organic Seeds' Vegetable Breeding Work - Interviews with the people who make it happen.

Behind the scenes of our plant breeding are the two people who direct this work, build relationships with public plant breeders, take detailed notes, and organize taste tests to ultimately bring forth these exciting new varieties. I thought that you would want to hear from them about how it all works. Jodi Lew-Smith and Heather Jerrett, have both worked at High Mowing since 2003 and… Continue

Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on December 7, 2010 at 10:40am — No Comments

Grow Your Own Garlic

Growing Tips: Garlic

Organic Garlic Growing Tips Aromatic, flavorful and healthful – there are hundreds of garlic varieties, but they all fall into two basic categories: hardneck… Continue

Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on November 17, 2010 at 3:43pm — 2 Comments

Storing the Fall Bounty

Storing the Fall Bounty



We have all worked hard in our gardens and on our farms, reaping the harvest

all season long, from spring greens and peas to main season

broccoli and green beans. We’ve been canning pickles and salsa,

freezing beans and corn, and drying herbs so that we can enjoy the

flavor of a summer meal while warming up near the woodstove after a long

day on the ski slopes (at least… Continue

Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on November 2, 2010 at 12:23pm — No Comments

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