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    Posted on January 5th, 2011 Pam No comments

    Even though it is only January 5th, it is time to plan your garden. In a few weeks geraniums and other slow growing plants can be planted inside or in a greenhouse.  This is a big time for comercial greenhouses to plant all types of plants. Review your notes from last season and make a rough draft of your 2011 garden.

    Now is a good time to take an inventory of your seeds to discover which seeds you will need to buy this year.  Some of your seeds may be too old to plant, or you may think they may be too old.  Test the older seeds by placing 10 of them in a damp paper towel, roll them up and place them in a ziplock bag.  Put the ziplock bag in a warm spot.  Check them often and in about 10 days you will know the percentage of germination of the package of seeds.  If five out of 10 sprout, then your seeds will have 50% germination.  So when planting those seeds, plant them twice as thick as you normally would. 

    Rotate your seeds so the oldest seeds will be planted first.  Make a purchasing list and take it with you when you buy seeds so you only buy what you need.  You can also buy seeds online and believe me it is hard not to purchase more than you need.  Some seeds will only be viable for a couple of years, so try not to purchase what you won’t use this year.

    You can find a huge list of catalogs by clicking here.  There are thousands of catalogs listed by subject and lots of fun looking at things that are hard to find.  I always learn something new when I read the descriptions from garden catalogs.

    Let your entire family in on the planning of the garden.  Let your children have their own garden spot and let them plant what they want.  They may have some good ideas and may try new things might work out great.  It is fun for them to be able to try something new.

    This year might be the year to try Heirloom seeds and to begin learning how to save seeds.  Click here to read what I wrote about Heirloom seeds last year. More information about Heirlooms vs Hybrids click here.

    Even if you think it is too early to ‘begin to garden’, at least start to think about planning.  Spring will be here before you know it.  It always sneaks up on me, I try to plan as much as I can as early as I can.

  • Garden Seed History

    Posted on February 12th, 2010 Pam 1 comment

    The history of garden seeds is very interesting to me. Wheat has been grown since 9,000 BC and wild barley back as far as 23,000 BC.
    Chili peppers have been around since 7500 BC and tomatoes a fairly young plant, only around since about 500 BC.
    Beans, grain and other seeds have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs and some were still viable.

    The ‘art’ of saving seeds was very important in past history. People diligently saved seeds and that’s what they lived on.

    Even today, saving seeds is becoming more popular, with more people learning how to grow heirlooms and harvest seeds from year to year.

    According to Wikipedia:
    Wheat has been cultivated domestically at least since 9,000 B.C. and probably earlier. Domesticated Einkorn wheat at Nevalı,northwest of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey—has been dated to 9,000 B.C.
    However evidence for the exploitation of wild barley has been dated to 23,000 B.C. and some say this is also true of pre-domesticated wheat.

    Chili peppers have been a part of the human diet in the Americas since at least 7500 BC. There is archaeological evidence at sites located in southwestern Ecuador that chili peppers were domesticated more than 6000 years ago, and is one of the first cultivated crops in the Americas that is self-pollinating.

    Aztecs and other peoples in the region used the fruit in their cooking; it was being cultivated in southern Mexico and probably other areas by 500 BC.
    The Spanish also brought the tomato to Europe. It grew easily in Mediterranean climates, and cultivation began in the 1540s.