Archive for January, 2009
She writes that the first thing we need to learn about how to plant home garden seeds as that location is very important as vegetables need five to six hours a day of full sunlight.
The second secret is a space between home garden seeds. Diane writes: “Depending upon how many vegetables you want to plant, and how much of each vegetable you’d like to be able to harvest, you might find you need quite a bit of room for your vegetable garden. A family of four for instance, generally needs rows of vegetables approximately ten feet long to provide enough harvest for the entire family. So if you want to plant twenty different vegetables, you will need a lot of space.”
So, another words, before planting we need to make a decision: either to leave a place for swimming pool or to feed all family in Autumn. Well, what can I say… That’s a hard choice.
We all know that soil preparation is very important. The author doesn’t cover it in detail but says that “the basic steps involved with preparing your vegetable garden soil involve turning the soil, and enriching it with compost or other organic matter.” Diane writes – “Vegetables need a lot of nutrition to grow well, so the better you prepare the soil before planting, the better chances you have of producing a bountiful crop.” I think no one can argue with that.
Planting Your Garden Seeds
After preparing the soil you’ll be able to plant your home garden seeds or starter plants.
Diane gives the following advice: “if you’re planting your vegetables in traditional rows, you’ll simply sprinkle garden seeds along the top of a row, then cover them lightly with a thin layer of soil. If you’re using starter seedling plants for your vegetable garden, you will make a slight hole in the top of the row, put your starter plant down in the hole, then pack the mounded soil around it lightly.”
Also she says: “Planting vegetables into raised garden beds is done the same way when you’re using rows. If you decide you’d like to plant your vegetables in square blocks however, that’s easily done in the same ways too. Alternatively, you can randomly place your vegetable plants and seeds, and you will get a more natural growth look from your vegetable garden when the sprouts begin to create leaves and produce.”
I think this information is very useful for gardeners of all ages and will help to harvest a lot of vegetables in autumn.
It is a gardening bonus and delight to get “something for nothing” . It’s a pleasure to grow new plants from seeds and easy still to harvest and save home garden seeds from favourite vegetables and annual flowers.
The instruction below will tell you how to save your home garden seeds without damaging them.
Choose plants that you wish to save at the beginning of the season. Look for plants with healthy growth habits, abundant flowers or exceptional flavour.
Leave some faded flowers on the plant till the end of the growing season. The end of the bloom cycle is triggered by shorter daylight hours. Garden seeds will start to form as flower production comes to an end.
Harvest seeds when the seed heads are dry to the touch and brown. Gather seed pods by hand or with special clippers if stems are tough.
Leave vegetables to over-ripen on the plant before harvesting home garden seeds. Vegetable seeds are ready to harvest when the fruit is easy to pull off the plant. Beans have to be dry and rattle inside their seed casings. Corn should ripen and dry on the stalk. Tomato seeds can be squeezed out of very ripe fruit and dried on paper towels in the sun.
After harvesting, place home garden seeds on top of a water heater to dry for about a week. Leave to dry thoroughly before storing.
Store garden seeds in their own protective pods or shake them free and store loose in paper envelopes. Harvested seeds should be kept in paper, never plastic, containers as plastic may cause them to rot.
Label each seed envelope with the variety and date harvested. I would advise to use a waterproof pen to avoid disappointment and confusion later on.
Place the marked envelopes inside an air-tight container, for example a mason jar, and store them in a cool, dry location until the next planting spring. A desiccant can be made of 1 tablespoon powdered milk wrapped in a paper towel. Place it inside the container as it will help to absorb moisture.
What others say
“Due to having a great abundance of seeds, I collect my seeds and put them in brown paper lunch bags making sure to mark the bags. I put them up to dry out…eventually storing them in a dry,cool place. Make sure you never let your seeds get too hot from being stored somewhere extremely warm. Seeds are better off getting too cold then they are too hot. The heat will only damage them.”