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Seed Saving 101: 10 Things to Know If You Want to Start Saving Seeds

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Beans. That’s right. If you want to start saving seeds, we recommend beans. Or peas. Why? Legumes are by far the easiest seeds to save, and among the easiest to germinate. You can’t go wrong. With that, let’s learn more about the basics of seed saving.

In order for a plant like lettuce to produce seed, you must wait for it to send up its gangly flower stalks, which eventually produce tiny seed pods. By this time. the lettuce leaves are becoming yellow, shriveled, and bitter. It’s the same with most crops—you don’t get to eat it and save the seed; it’s either one or the other. The good news is that a single plant produces many seeds. So you usually need to grow only a few extra for seed-saving purposes.

Read Seed Saving 101: 10 Things to Know If You Want to Start Saving Seeds by Modern Farmer.

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July 23, 2018 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

5 Tips For a Bountiful, Water-Saving Vegetable Garden in a Time of Drought

Many are wondering whether there is room for a vegetable garden in a drier future. Some are looking at ways to conserve water, and others are looking at vegetable varieties that have adapted to growing in hot and dry conditions.

Below are some suggestions for vegetable gardening in times of drought that I’ve gleaned from research and these conversations.

Read 5 Tips For a Bountiful, Water-Saving Vegetable Garden in a Time of Drought by Ramon Gonzales at Treehugger.

July 9, 2018 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

Garden Plan For Pollinators

Many pollinator species have suffered serious declines in recent years. Unfortunately, most of our landscapes offer little in the way of appropriate habitat, forage, and housing. Even the most beautiful gardens are not always healthy ecosystems. Design choices, plant selections, and maintenance practices can make a huge difference in creating your own healthy ecosystem, filled with life. As a garden designer, I use this landscape plan for many gardens to attract the greatest varieties of pollinators.

A pollinator garden can be beautiful as well as useful. Strategies such as planting in groups of at least 3 to 5 plants is very important. A single plant won’t attract pollinators, but groups of same plants stand out and pollinators use less energy flying to a compact group of flowers.

Read Garden Plan For Pollinators by Claire Jones at Mother Earth News.

May 30, 2018 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

Transition Cornwall+ plans to get us more active and in the planting mood

The summer months almost here, Transition Cornwall+ made two different presentations to council on Monday about its plans for the warm weather this year.

The group’s biggest initiative will be the Walk and Roll campaign to get people to cut back on driving in favour of human-powered forms of transportation such as walking, cycling or skateboarding, or using public transit. This year’s campaign will expanded from being just week-long to running through the entire month of June.

The second annual initiative Cornwall Transition+ is working on is the Incredible Edible Plant Festival which will be returning in front of the Justice Building on Pitt Street on May 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“This will be our sixth Incredible Edible event and we are very, very proud of that,” said Bill Carriere, event organizer.

Read Transition Cornwall+ plans to get us more active and in the planting mood by Alan S. Hale at the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder.

May 16, 2018 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

Incredible Edible: Yorkshire town’s food-growing scheme takes root worldwide

When two women began turning disused verges in the former mill town of Todmorden into free food plots, little did they realise they would inspire a global movement of growers.

It’s a simple idea: take over unused or unattractive bits of public land to plant food to feed the community. What is not so simple is where they’re doing it. Todmorden is an old mill town in Yorkshire’s Calderdale valley. It rains a lot, there’s not a lot of sun, and it has experienced major flooding in recent years. But still, the town’s residents continue to grow fruit and vegetables as best they can for locals to pick and eat.

The Toddies didn’t set out to start a food-growing revolution, they wanted to bring their small town together at a difficult time for communities throughout the UK. “Ten years ago it was the beginning of the worldwide economic decline, there was a lot of worry about climate change, but nothing was really happening,” says Mary Clear, chair of IET. “And in this town we were starting to see the squeeze on public services – there was more litter – and we thought, how can we do something that will create stronger communities?”

Read Incredible Edible: Yorkshire town’s food-growing scheme takes root worldwide by Naomi Larsson at The Guardian.

May 9, 2018 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

Choosing the Best Container Gardening Vegetables

Growing Green Beans (‘Jade’) in a Window Box

Selecting the right container gardening vegetables is one key to a successful balcony farm. If you choose the right vegetables for container gardening, you’ll have far fewer problems, and bigger and better yields.

A vegetable container garden has limited space, so you’ll want to focus first on the vegetables you like the most. Make a list.

You’ll also want to grow vegetables that give you a continuous harvest, like green, leafy vegetables that allow you to pick a few leaves as needed, or vegetables that kick out a few ripe fruit a week, like tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, eggplants, and peppers.

Fast-growing vegetables like radishes, beets, and turnips are also good choices for container gardens.

Read Choosing the Best Container Gardening Vegetables at Grow-it-Organically.com

May 7, 2018 at 11:06 am Leave a comment

Don’t Just Plant, Plan!

Not unlike a well-organized closet or a well-designed kitchen, a well-planned food plot is an inviting respite from your daily grind. Before you get caught up in a frenzy of spring planting, step back, take stock and spend a weekend charting a course for the growing season and laying the groundwork for a successful garden

Read Don’t Just Plant, Plan! by Brian Barth at Modern Farmer.

April 25, 2018 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

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