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The strangest posts wind up causing some controversy. It doesn’t make sense to me. When I wrote about why having an emergency seed bank is important, I didn’t quite get the reaction that I’d expect. I received emails, Facebook comments and Tweets saying that I couldn’t be more wrong about storing the seeds and that freezing them was a horrible idea. I’ll admit that I have...

Posted on Apr 13 2014 - 10:13pm by UOG
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This is by far the easiest chart to understand.  All the information you need to know to successfully start seeds is right here.  Click the image to enlarge. ...

Seed starting. Who thought that it could be so intimidating… ..but there are lots of questions and things to take into consideration when starting your seeds. We’ve already covered some basic seed starting tips and tips for those of you starting indoors, but I want to make it even more simple and basic. Because that’s how I do. One-liners to help you start your seeds On the Urban Organic Gardener Facebook page, I’ve been sharing gardening tips. They’ve been pretty popular, mostly because I think they are...

What’s the difference between an heirloom and hybrid tomato? Are open-pollinated seeds good or bad? These are all questions that you have asked me. You already have reputable sources to buy your seeds. Here’s a simple explanation of the different types of seeds. Here’s a simple explanation of the different types of seeds. — Tweet This Different seed types To help with the clarification, I asked SeedsNow.com, who sells 100% NON-Genetically engineered seeds – all of which are heirloom/non-hybridized and open-pollinated...

We’ve talked about indoor seed starting and it’s advantages. While it may be advantageous to start some seeds indoors, it’s not wise to do so with all seeds. The general rule of thumb is if it grows underground, plant it directly. Stick with that and you should be good. Save yourself the hassle and plant these seeds directly in your containers. Save yourself the hassle and plant these seeds directly in your containers. — Tweet This Beans Beets Carrots Dill Garlic Onions Peas Radishes Your turn In...

You want to start your seeds… …but you aren’t into the diy seed starting projects. It’s all good and I understand. If you want to buy a seed starting tray, but not sure what to look for, then read this. I want to help you to get a quality seed starting tray and provide you with the information that will help you to buy one. If you want to buy a seed starting tray, but not sure what to look for, then read this. — Tweet This. 5 things to look for in a quality seed tray Good Drainage Make sure your seedling...

By Michelle Moore Owner of The Greenhouse Catalog There is nothing like new life in spring… …and starting seeds is one of the best ways to enjoy the start of the season. Unlike transplants, seedlings are fragile and require newborn-like attention: The right media, temperature, light, water and food. To a new gardener, meeting these needs may seem like a challenge. But with a little knowledge and the right equipment, success is easy and just a few short days or weeks away. With a little knowledge and the right equipment,...

You’ve scouted out the location for your garden… Figured out how much sunlight your space gets… And have decided what you are going to grow. Now it’s time to finally get your seeds started and aren’t sure what to use. That’s why, I wanted to share 5 items that you can start your seeds in. Strawberry containers. If you are growing...

You’ve started your seeds (3 sources to buy your vegetable seeds), and didn’t label them… …there’s no need to because you know you’ll remember. Wrong. We all tell ourselves that and sure enough we always forget what we planted and when we started them. Label your seedlings. You think you are going to remember what you planted where, but you won’t. — Tweet This That’s why this is one of my basic seed starting tips for beginners. On the labels you can write as little or as much information...

Today I am going to share basic indoor seed starting tips… …along with common mistakes and how to avoid them. It will be a good starting point if it’s your first time, and reminder for those of you who have done this before. The main reason that you are going to want to start your seeds indoors is so that you can get a jumpstart on the season and to the harvest quicker. I’ll say that again – Start your seeds indoors, so you can get to the harvest quicker. — Tweet This 4 Basic Tips for Starting Your...

You are growing your own food because it’s best for your health and the environment. When you are first starting out, knowing where to buy your seeds from can be intimidating. It’s difficult to tell the difference between the companies, types of seeds and who is owned by which company. My goal is to not only help you maximize your space when growing, but...

GMOs are feeding the world… GMOs are destroying our health and environment. With all of the conflicting information out there about GMOs, it’s hard to understand. That’s why I am going to break down the basics of GMOs for you and tell you why you should care. What are GMOs? GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism and is most often referred to when it comes to our food. The DNA from other plants, viruses, animals and bacteria are injected into the cells of existing species. This is supposed to make them more resistant...

Today I am going to show you the easiest way that you can start to grow your own food. And you won’t need any outdoor space… You just need a spot on your kitchen counter. I am going to share with you how to grow your own sprouts indoors. No need to buy fancy gadgets or machines. You can do this on the cheap. You ready? Let’s do it! What you’ll need to grow your sprouts Mason jar Cheescloth or another breathable cloth I used organic alfalfa seeds from SeedsNow.com (you can also do this with any other sprouting...


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Do you have problems watering your seeds? Not sure the best way to water them? I’ve had this problem too. That’s why I am happy that I came across this DIY project on FunInTheMaking.net that I can share with you. It’s DIY seed watering pot and it will help you to easily water your seeds without having the impact of the water harming them. What you’ll need Plastic jug of some kind – I used a milk container, but you can use a maple syrup container or something similar. Drill and a 1/16″ drill bit or...

The strangest posts wind up causing some controversy. It doesn’t make sense to me. When I wrote about why having an emergency seed bank is important, I didn’t quite get the reaction that I’d expect. I received emails, Facebook comments and Tweets saying that I couldn’t be more wrong about storing the seeds and that freezing them was a horrible...

Some believe that one of the best investments to currently make is in an emergency seed bank. With everything that is going on with the global economy and food system, it’s hard to argue. What would happen if our food supply was cut-off? or the price of food sky rockets too high? Yes, it is important to have the canned goods and non-perishables, but what happens when they run out and the supermarket shelves are dry? That’s where having an emergency seed bank helps out. I’m not getting all sensationalistic and saying it’s...

There is a parsley plant on my balcony garden that has been going to seed for a few weeks now. The seeds have finally developed. They emerged in about 3-4 stages, which are difficult to explain, but the the picture about clearly shows what the seeds look like. You just have to carefully pull them. What is your favorite way to use parsley? ...

The first thing you want to make sure before you plant anything in your garden is that you’re growing heirloom or non-hybrid seeds/transplants.  This is really important when it comes to saving your seeds.  With heirloom or non-hybrid varieties you’ll be able to successfully save the seeds from the plant. With hybrid seeds you won’t.   What’s...

It hasn’t been a great week for my balcony garden. First the oak green leaf container was infested with little black eggs that I later learned was cabbage worm crap. Now my tomato seeds that were doing so well have all died. I had each of them planted in a plastic strawberry container. Last weekend I went away from Friday to Sunday. When I left on Friday morning, the seeds were doing well. Three of the four seed starter pots were about 2-3 inches and had some leaves. Before leaving, I watered them and decided to leave them outside....

Yes it might sound obvious, but when you start your seeds make sure that you have a container to transplant them into. I didn’t and had a tray of dead seedlings. This could very well be one of the biggest gardening mistakes that I’ve made. Last week the seedlings were slanting a bit. This week they are all dead. A few of the pots were popped open and the roots appeared to be a bit compact causing their demise. The toilet paper roll seed starter pots are so shallow and don’t allow for much root expansion. There is about...