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Heirloom Pepper starts

What are the possibilities of having enough heirloom seeds when you need it?  Each year, there are fewer and fewer options of getting open- pollinated seed.  In order to have a renewable source of food, you MUST have heirloom seeds.  This is the same as non-hybrid, or open pollinated seeds.  These seeds are able to reproduce seeds that will grow the same variety with the same genes, year after year.  This is what our ancestors and great grandparents grew.  They saved their seed and took it with them when they moved.  Today, almost all commercial production is from hybrid seeds.

To have your own supply of seed, you have two choices.  Either grow and save seed every year, or buy fresh seed every few years, OR get heirloom seed that has been prepared and packaged to last over 50 years.  According to the National Seed Storage Lab, heat and moisture is what cause seeds to get old and not germinate.  Down to Earth Seeds has a custom built facility.  They dry the vegetable seed to the optimum moisture content as recommended by the Seed Lab.  They package the seed in hermetically sealed cans.  This means there is no transfer of moisture from the outside to the inside.  You must use either metal, glass, or mylar to hermetically seal seeds.  When the seeds are dried and thus packaged, they can be frozen with NO damage to the seed.  They will last with good germination for over 50 years.

Check out Down to Earth’s  seed kits.  They have three sizes available. They include an excellent garden book and a book on seed saving.


Antibiolics in you Organic Pears and Apples

by bestseeds

I don’t bring you good news. You have been buying organic apples and pears to avoid chemicals. Now we find out that since its beginning, the National Organic Standards Board (of the USDA) has allowed two different antibiotic drugs to be used in the organic program on apples and pears. You see, fireblight can be […]

Using Comfrey to Grow Fertility in the Garden

by bestseeds

Use comfrey to grow your own fertilizer for the heirloom vegetables. Use them as mulch, make a tea, or dig the leaves into the ground or the compost pile. Comfrey has deep roots and pulls up nutrients. Excellent for heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, fruit trees, etc.

Planning the garden — when to plant

by bestseeds

In my younger years, my mother plants most of the garden all in one day.  We had alot of production out of that garden. Since that time, I have moved to a location with a longer growing season.  I prefer to stretch out the fresh heirloom organic vegetable production from as early as I can […]

Heirloom Garden planning — the lay out

by bestseeds

Draw out your plan on paper. This will help you get organized and not run out of room before you are finished planting everything you want.

Garden Planning — What shall I plant and how much?

by bestseeds

Make yourself a list with three columns.  In the first column, list the heirloom vetables that you absolutely have to have.  In the second, list the ones you really  would like to grow and in the third, list those that “would be nice.”  Then consider how many people you will be feeding.  Do you want […]

Heirloom Garden planning — how to build raised beds

by bestseeds

Build raised beds for your heirloom garden. Helps warm the soil and increase drainage in heavy soil. Intensive gardening is easier in raised beds because there are not as many paths and compaction is limited.

Garden planning — raised beds or flat layout?

by bestseeds

The benefits of  organic gardening in raised beds are several.  The soil warms earlier in the spring, allowing for earlier planting.  Raised beds also have better drainage, especially if your normal soil is clay.  You can plant more intensively, as you don’t need a path to walk between each row of plants.  The beds are […]

Garden planning — where shall I plant?

by bestseeds

Organic vegetables need 6-8 hours of sunlight each day.  Choose a sunny spot.  The land should be fairly flat, unless you plan on using all raised beds in a terrace fashion.  If your location is on a hill, I recommend that your raised beds be enclosed in frames.  Otherwise, a hard rain when the garden […]

Free Heirloom garden planning series

by bestseeds

Now is the time to begin planning your heirloom  garden.  For those of you who have not gardened before, I recommend that you begin this year.  Even a small organic garden will teach you a lot.  It is most rewarding to harvest fresh organic beans or carrots or tomatoes for your table. I recommend that you […]

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