Believe it or not, seed-starting season is just around the corner, and preparing your supplies and equipment now is a great way to get ahead of game. Here’s a quick checklist for you to help you get ready… Continue ReadingRead More »
Seeds have started showing up on the shelves of garden centers lately, this is an exciting time! Deciding what vegetables to grow in the garden every year is fun, but with hundreds of different varieties to choose from, it can be overwhelming. How do you narrow it down and make it easier to pick what to grow? Here are a few things to consider when you’re pondering over all those seed catalogs and store displays this winter… Continue ReadingRead More »
Though growing citrus in the north isn’t easy, it is very rewarding. Imagine harvesting your own Meyer lemons, Persian limes, and Satsuma or Calamondin oranges! Yes, they require a bit of care, but indoor citrus is oh so worth it. And here’s the kicker: Even if you never manage to harvest a single fruit, citrus plants are worth growing simply for their amazingly fragranced flowers and beautiful, glossy foliage.
To grow gorgeous citrus plants of your own, follow these 8 Simple Steps. Continue ReadingRead More »
Last summer I had the opportunity to visit the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, a truly remarkable botanical wonder with 17 distinct garden areas. My favourite – of course – was the kitchen garden, a colourful and productive garden with dozens of types of edibles, many contained in tidy raised beds. Of particular interest to me was this tomato trellis, a structure that was used in several of the tomato beds to contain the rampant growth of indeterminate (vining) types of tomatoes. Continue ReadingRead More »
Last fall, as I was snipping a few nasturtium blooms to decorate a dessert plate, I noticed a few seeds scattered on the deck underneath the pot. They looked like pale, shrivelled peas. There were also a few still hanging on to the plants, in bunches of two or three. I gathered them all up, dried them out on a paper towel, and then stored them away for the winter in a paper envelope. Continue ReadingRead More »
In previous posts, we’ve offered great tips for collecting seeds, saving seeds, sowing seeds, and ordering seeds. But today, I’d like to talk about getting rid of “geriatric” seeds. Before I look at a single seed catalog, I take inventory of all the seeds I already have on hand, sorting them first by age. All seed packets are stamped with the year they were packed. This date is important because many seeds loose viability as they age. If you want to plant only seeds that will have exceptional germination rates, you’ll need to know how many years each variety can be stored. As I sort through my box of seed packets from previous years, I pitch any that are past their prime. Here’s the basic roadmap I use when sorting through all those leftover seed packets. Continue ReadingRead More »