Showing posts with label vegetable seed. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vegetable seed. Show all posts

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Advantages of Starting Vegetables From Seed After the Summer Solstice

Many of us have been there. We start out with great intentions. We're going to grow our own food. We have plans and tools and seed catalogs. We can almost taste the luscious vegetables we are going to harvest from our gardens.

And then stuff happens. Other things come up that require our attention. The weather is too something - hot, cold, wet, dry - and we don't get the garden planted. Or maybe we do get it planted, but our crops  "bolt," start going to seed too early, resulting in disappointing flavors and textures. So here it is, the end of June, it seems too late to start a garden and we give up on our dream of growing vegetables.

But according to Ryan, the Garden Coach at Botanical Interests (a Seattle Garden Ideas affiliate), many vegetables do better when planted now, after the summer solstice. These include: vegetables in the Brassica family (broccoli, cauliflower, etc.), vegetables that form heads (lettuce, radicchio and others), and vegetables that like cooler conditions (carrots, beets, spinach, etc.)

Ryan explains why this is a good time to be sowing vegetable seeds in this article, "Second Chances." There are several factors, including day length and soil temperature, that make it likely that planting now will result in a better harvest than was possible earlier in the year. And of  course, if you need seed, Botanical Interests is an excellent source. They carry many organic and heirloom varieties. Absolutely NO GMOs.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Get Off To A Good Start With Seed From Botanical Interests

I'm happy to introduce to you a new affiliate sponsor, Botanical Interests. Curtis Jones, who started the company with his wife Judy Seaborn in 1995, describes their business this way, "I like to say that we're a gardening education company that just happens to sell seeds. Our packets are like mini-encyclopedias, full of information to inspire and assist every type of gardener."

The illustration below (from the Botanical Interests website) shows you what Curtis is talking about. Each packet features a beautiful botanical illustration of the flower, herb, or vegetable. It includes a description of the plant and detailed instructions for starting the seed. There is a plant tag on the back. And that's just the beginning!

Inside the packet is more information: plant history, tips on growing and harvesting, how to avoid pests and diseases, recipes and more.

The seed inside these packets is something special, too. Botanical Interests carries over 500 varieties of high quality seeds, including many varieties of heirloom seeds and 150 varieties of organic seeds. NO GMOs. None of their seed is treated. The germination rate is checked before packaging to assure quality. 

Curtis and Judy are committed to preserving the tradition of passing along gardening knowledge from generation to generation. "We're helping people reconnect with some of that lost art," Judy says. When you visit their website, you will find articles and their blogs devoted to helping people get the most out of their gardening experience and create traditions of their own. Which includes cooking! Their blog, Seed to Saucepan, offers creative ideas for preparing the wonderful things you grow in your garden. 

I hope you'll click the banner at the top of this post and take a few minutes to visit the Botanical Interests website. Whether you are new to starting plants from seed or an old hand, I believe you will find something of interest and value there. 

Thank you. 
(For more information about how affiliate programs work, read this article.)