Seeds with hard outer coats surrounding them (like nasturtium, shown) can be hindered in their ability to germinate because moisture and gases cannot penetrate through the coating. So what do you do? You scarify them.
Seed packets have more seeds than I really need. Can I save some for next year?
I have old packets of seeds. How can I tell if they are still viable?
What do I do if I have a seed packet that doesn’t say when I should start the seeds indoors?
Do the descriptions in seed catalogs have you confused?
A good seed packet should give you much of the info you need to know to grow that plant. Here’s what to look for, and why:
Starting your plants from seeds is an awarding and cost effective way to jump-start your garden. When considering growing your own seeds, you need to be very cautious because seeds are highly vulnerable to fungus, especially damping off; properly cleaning … Read Article
Division is one of the easiest ways to propagate perennials. It’s also a life-saving measure for some plants that need to be divided periodically for the health of the plant. (Irises, coreopses and Shasta daisies will eventually die if they’re … Read Article
Seed-saving is not difficult, but it is not as simple as collecting seeds from dried pods at the end of the season. To ensure some reliability and true-to-type seed, you need to take a few strategies into account.
Last summer I cut a few seedheads off the lupin plants in front of the island cottage in Maine. I collected the seeds and took them home with me. Lupin seeds have a hard shell so it’s important to soak … Read Article
In this video Tricia from Peaceful Valley talks about direct seeding and how to protect plants from frost.