Saving seeds of vegetables (Technorati / Gardening)

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http://simpleseedsavings.blogspot.com/2007/07/gardening.html

Monday, July 9, 2007

Gardening

Seed saving can be a rewarding and cost saving activity particularly if plants are selected for their good seed saving characteristics. This article will offer the beginning seed saver helpful advice on which plants to start with and how best to harvest, prepare and save the seeds. Bean/pea, lettuce, pepper, and tomato offer the beginning seed saver the best chance for successful seed saving. They produce seed the same season as planted and are mostly self-pollinating, minimizing the need to be mindful of preventing cross-pollination. Always harvest seeds from the best plants available. Choose healthy disease-free plants with desirable qualities. Look for the most flavorful vegetables or beautiful flowers. Because seed set reduces the vigor of the plant and discourages further fruit production, wait until near the end of the season to save fruit for seed. Seeds are mature when flowers are faded and dry or have puffy tops. Continue reading Saving seeds of vegetables (Technorati / Gardening)

Bottles and other containers for gardening (Google Blogs Alert for : gardening / Garden Hacker)

Already published on my desertification weblog on April 4, 2007

Bottles and other containers for gardening (Google Blogs Alert for : gardening / Garden Hacker)

April 4, 2007

Posted by willem van cotthem in horticulture/gardening, capacity building, soil. trackback , edit post

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http://gardenhacker.blogspot.com/2007/01/how-to-hack-greenhouse.html

Greenhouse Hack

“Gardening can be an expensive hobby and if you look often times the gardens we admire the most are lush and full of plants that are maintained by people other than the actual owner. The average gardener may not have the time or resources to achieve the same look. And for the person wanting to start a garden a visit to costly garden centers can often be disappointing when the realization of how much money is involved in gardening. The alternative is to visit big box stores where prices are cheaper but selection and plant size that is driven by volume, again leaves the would-be gardener feeling uninspired.

So how do you achieve the same look without the bourgeois greenhouse or environmentally draining set-up of grow lights? Continue reading Bottles and other containers for gardening (Google Blogs Alert for : gardening / Garden Hacker)

Direct sowing-gardening (Google Blogs Alert / Gardenhacker)

Already published on my desertification weblog on April 4, 2007

Direct Sowing-Gardening (Google Blogs Alert / Gardenhacker)

April 4, 2007

Posted by willem van cotthem in horticulture/gardening, capacity building. trackback , edit post

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http://gardenhacker.blogspot.com/2007/04/direct-sowing-gardening-terms-hacked.html

Direct Sowing-Gardening Terms Hacked

“Direct sowing has to be the easiest and least expensive method of seed starting for any garden. When you don’t have time to make soda bottle greenhouses or use the sandwich bag method or don’t want to spend money on buying soil or peat pellets direct sowing your seeds is the way to go. Simply sow your seeds according to the recommendations for planting depth and spacing in your garden or container garden where you would like for your plants to grow. Many of my seeds that require stratification I will just place in the ground where I want them to grow and will let the natural freeze-thaw-cycle do the work for me. There really isn’t a more fool proof method of seed starting than direct sowing.