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Best Tips for Newbies?

posted by: gwtamara on 10.25.2010 at 02:53 pm in Seed Saving Forum

Our producers are pulling together a 'how-to' guide on seed saving and would love to have your input. If you could share one or two of your best tips, what would they be? Your comments may be featured in an upcoming slideshow.

If you have any questions, please contact me via my profile page.

Best,

Tamara Amey
GardenWeb Community Manager

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clipped on: 11.26.2010 at 04:49 pm    last updated on: 11.26.2010 at 04:49 pm

HAVE: Have free seeds!!

posted by: wenders67 on 10.25.2009 at 01:05 pm in Winter Sowing Forum

I have so many and really need to find homes for them.I am adding more almost every other day.My new email is
wenders67@gmail.com

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clipped on: 11.23.2010 at 09:08 am    last updated on: 11.23.2010 at 09:09 am

RE: Pod maturity to produce viable seeds (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: livinginoz on 11.16.2010 at 05:25 pm in Hot Pepper Forum

One good way to tell if seeds are mature is to put them in a bowl of water. Mature, full seeds sink while immature ones float.
www.showmeoz.wordpress.com


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clipped on: 11.22.2010 at 01:29 pm    last updated on: 11.22.2010 at 01:30 pm

RE: When to sow in winter for outside summer Garden (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: countrycarolyn on 11.19.2010 at 09:36 am in Growing from Seed Forum

Me personally I would sow directly in your pots outside in febuary or march. I do not like to grow indoors.


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clipped on: 11.22.2010 at 10:52 am    last updated on: 11.22.2010 at 10:52 am

Bill that could threaten gardeners

posted by: sandybeach on 04.14.2010 at 08:01 pm in Organic Gardening Forum

Home gardeners should take an interest in this.
I'm not saying to vote for or against, just that we should all be aware.

It's H.R. 857. It's a bill that is said to be linked to Monsanto (large agriculture company) that could outlaw home gardens (posing as a food safety bill). Here are two links:

http://tribes.tribe.net/foodnotlawns/thread/cbc5c631-50f6-4c7d-9717-0e351c8c80e8

http://www.seventhgeneration.com/learn/inspiredprotagonist/monsanto-evil-company

From the 7th generation link it says that Michael Taylor former vp of public policy at Monsanto is now the new senior adviser of the FDA.

Other interesting links
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_17370.cfm

Found some more info. Scroll down. This is spring 2010.

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-s510/show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeWVkTU1s1E

I normally don't pay attention to stuff like this, but I don't want to be told what I can and what I cannot do on my land.

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clipped on: 11.21.2010 at 10:18 pm    last updated on: 11.21.2010 at 10:18 pm

Container Herb Gardening

posted by: trevor_grow on 10.24.2010 at 04:32 pm in Herbs Forum

Don't use garden soil! Even the best garden soil is not the right choice
for container growing. Though it may seem nutrient-rich and wellbalanced
garden soil is always a problem. It will not provide adequate
drainage and usually contains disease organisms, bacteria, and weed
seeds. No matter how well it performs in the ground over the growing
season, normal garden soil will soon form a compacted heavy mass,
preventing root respiration and fertilizer absorption, resulting in
stressed and hungry plants.

Each plant should get enough water to moisten the entire container.
You'll know soil is saturated when water runs freely out the drainag
holes. Poke a sharp stick into drainage holes occasionally to make sure
they are working and be sure to empty any saucers you may use. If
you find by testing with your fingers that the water is actually running
down the sides of the container without wetting its contents, the soil
mix has become compacted or overdry and water is unable to
penetrate. Remedy this situation by poking many holes in the soil
surface with a pencil or sharp thin stick to allow better drainage and
then set a hose near the plant's base and let it trickle very lightly for
several hours. If the container is not too heavy, you can also submerge
it in a tub of water until it stops bubbling out air. Be careful; it will be
heavy with water when lifted out!
http://herbsinpots.blogspot.com

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clipped on: 11.19.2010 at 12:46 am    last updated on: 11.19.2010 at 12:46 am