saving, storing, and organizing seed packets

Seeds
I don’t know if most people realize that seeds last more than one year – often 10 or more years. I never throw out a seed packet until it stops germinating. A seed’s life span is different for different types of seeds. While parsnips, and onions last only a couple…
 
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where to buy seeds

Seeds
It is only mid-January, but many varieties are running out of stock at on-line seed companies now. Time to order!  I recommend purchasing from small, local seed companies. They will be selling varieties that are adapted to your area. I also like to support small, family-run companies. These are some…
 
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planting sweet pea seeds

Seeds, Starting Seeds
This is the method of planting sweet peas that I just learned from NW organic gardener. nick the outer skin of sweet peas seeds – a large fingernail clipper works… layer the seeds in wet paper towels… check daily after 5 days… as soon as they get their tails, pot…
 
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what’s up today

Seeds, Starting Seeds
 – I’m planting my snow peas (inside) today,  – my little sweet pea seeds (in wet paper towels) are getting tails,  – my artichoke seedlings are starting their 10 day vernalization (below 50F) out on my patio  – my tomato seeds are planted (17 varieties), but they haven’t sprouted yet…
 
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when to plant vegetable seeds

Garden Planning, Seeds, Starting Seeds
It’s definitely time to sow seeds now. Here are some suggestions to figure out when is the best time to plant different types of seeds. – Try the iPhone calendar apps I wrote, I use these to plan when to plant: Skippy’s Vegetable Calendar App and Skippy’s Flower and Herb…
 
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seed catalogs

Garden Planning, Seeds
I received the Adaptive Seeds catalog today. Excellent reading. It will keep me busy at least several days to read all the way through it. A few days ago I got FarmTek, Johnny’s Seeds, and McMurray‘s Hatchery. If reading catalogs brings the spring on sooner, I’m there.
 
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buying fall seeds

Seeds
I’d like to plant some carrot seeds soon for late fall harvest. I’m out, so I checked a couple local nurseries. One is sold out of all carrot seed, the other has sold out of all of their seed for the season. Few gardeners plant crops for fall. So I…
 
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my potato shipment is here

Root Vegetables, Seeds
I mail ordered a box of seed potatoes (Green Mountain) from Moose Tubers and they arrived today. I was surprised it’s already time for planting potatoes! Earlier, I had purchased a small box of red fingerling seed potatoes at a local garden center. They have been “chitting” on my windowsill…
 
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ready for planting seeds tomorrow

Seeds, Starting Seeds
These pots and seeds are waiting on my kitchen counter for me to plant tomorrow. Five or six types of broccoli, raab, broccolini, etc – we love broccoli. Also flowers: cosmos, cleome, tithonia (Mexican sunflower), nigella, and bells of Ireland.
 
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seed viability

Seeds
I’ve been looking through my seed viability records. I’ve only kept records 2 years and we’re not very far into this year yet, but this is what I have for how long my seeds last. Arugula  5+ years   (3 years) Beets     3-4 years   (4 years) Cabbage  6 years    (4 years)…
 
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