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When saving your own seeds, it’s important to store them properly. Not only is it a waste of time and energy to go about saving the seeds, only to let them go to waste because of improper storage, but it’s also important to make sure your seeds are viable when the time comes to plant them!
Spring is here! It is time to start thinking about your garden. In order to ensure you have beautiful summer blooms, you will need to start planting soon. Bulb gardening is a popular way to grow a vibrant flower patch, but can be a little confusing. If you need a little help deciding when to plant which flowers, consult the Beginner’s Guide to Bulb Gardening made by ProFlowers below.
Every fall intrepid gardeners ponder their properties and plan for the new year. Or, more likely, every spring property owners drive about and jealously wonder why they did not plan ahead for beautiful spring colors bursting from tulips, daffodils and crocus. Well, now is the time to plan ahead and get your garden in shape.
Most serious gardeners save seeds. It’s easy, it’s practical, and it will save you some money. Here are a few seed-saving tips:
Storing seeds that you obtained from other plants is a strategy for organic home gardening. Save and store your plant seeds for growing at a later time for when you decide to plant. Although there is no promise that the seeds might grow from saving them, you can take the extra ideas to save them which will allow them to grow like they might of within their own natural environment.
Treating sunflower seed with a fungicide may be considered where seeding is done very early when the soil is still cold and germination is delayed. Where wireworms are a problem, use an insecticide seed treatment.
Tomatoes are one of the most popular and most easy vegetables to grow at home and now is the time to consider saving tomato seed ready for next year’s growing season. Saving your own tomato seeds is a great way to save money – and as it’s easy to do, there’s no reason not to!
Have you ever tried to grow apple trees from seeds collected from an apple? It certainly makes good sense that they would germinate. They are seeds and seeds are supposed to grow, right?
Native wildflowers are those that were growing naturally in the landscape before the first settlers arrived from Europe. Ever since that time more and more plants have been introduced from around the world with very mixed results. Although many of the imports are now prized garden specimens, others are regarded as invasive weeds whose cultivation is actively discouraged eg Japanese Knotweed. The benefits of growing wildflowers are many, but here are just a few:
The manner in which you store your sunflowers can play an important role in the preservation of your seeds (as well as the ease with which they’re unloaded). For example, if there is excess moisture during storage, it’s possible for the moisture to freeze the seeds, causing breakage. This happens often when they’re harvested early and stored without proper drying. Harvesting them early can help limit the potential for bird damage and shattering, but the seeds must be dried before storage. In this article, I’ll provide a few tips for storing your sunflowers properly to prevent them from being damaged.
Most popular herbs can be raised from seed sown indoors during early spring. A few, like peppermint, benefit from a long season of growth and can be sown earlier if conditions are suitable. It is important with all species to ensure that at the time of sowing the ratio of heat to light is balanced, otherwise sickly, etiolated seedlings will be produced. When conditions are not suitable it is preferable to wait a couple of weeks until things improve.
After your nursery have been constructed and everything is in place be ready with the other activities to follow. You should gather the materials in preparation for the sowing of the seeds.
Growing chillies is a very rewarding process, but often it’s the simplest things that get in the way of a great chili harvest, follow the advice below, and with a little care and attention you could be enjoying juicy, great tasting chillies in no time.
If you want to start your plants indoors weeks before you can put them into the ground, soil blocks is the way to go.
The following sowing and transplanting methods are available to the amateur gardener who wants to grow tomatoes outside without the use of a greenhouse.
Nine clever and easy ways to germinate garden seeds faster. Here are nine clever tips for germinating seeds faster than you thought possible: The faster your garden seeds germinate, the sooner you’ll have plants!
How do you satisfy the gardening itch in the middle of winter? Easily! Start plants from seed. Now is a great time to get a jump start on the gardening season. Just a little preparation will help ensure you seed starting success. Here is some of the equipment you’ll need:
Starting Seeds Indoors
If spring weather in your area tends to be cold and wet you may want to get a head start with tender plants such as tomatoes and peppers, by starting them indoors.
Now’s the time to get ready to grow your own seedlings! It’s not really difficult, and can extend your growing season by many weeks. For example, by planting brassica’s (cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower) in February in your basement under grow-lights, you can put large, sturdy transplants into your garden by the end of March or early April, and be eating them when others are just seeing them come up! However, remembering that photosynthesis, using light, heat and moisture causes plant growth, you must follow a few key natural principles very carefully, or you will be disappointed.