I did not read yesterday's paper until after alert May Dreams Garden reader Robbie of Going Green Mama left a comment on my seed catalog personality test post about a potential vegetable seed shortage that she read about in our local paper. Everyone stay calm. I googled it and got some more information. Susan Reimer, who writes for the Baltimore Sun, wrote about a possible vegetable seed shortage, too, in her column on December 31st. You can read … [Read more...] about Stay Calm, Do Not Panic, But…
How’s the seed catalog browsing going? Good? Good! Why is it good? Because if you’ve been thumbing through your seed catalogs, now is the time to go get your favorite one and use it to take the May Dreams Gardens Official… Seed Catalog Personality Test Endorsed by Dr. V. Q. Horfreud To determine your personality type based on your favorite seed catalog, please look at your seed catalog and how you marked it. Did you a) use little Post-it® note flags to mark the pages of the seeds you want … [Read more...] about Seed Catalog Personality Test
When I was a kid, part of the fun of Christmas was calling up friends on the day after asking “WhajagetforChristmas?” all in one excited breath, and then interrupting one another exclaiming over what we got for Christmas. WhajagetforChristmas? I got some antique seed packets! Aren’t they beautiful! And on the back of each is some wonderful garden advice! Like on the Dwarf German Kale, it says, “…on a moist day after the plants are three or four inches high, transplant to two or three … [Read more...] about WhajagetforChristmas?
I saw the first seed display of the season a week and a half ago at a big hardware store, the one that starts with "L". It was sandwiched in between some sorry looking poinsettias and those cardboard boxes full of Christmas wrapping paper. My first instinct was to buy some seeds, of course, but then I remembered that we hadn't even celebrated Christmas yet. So I started a little chant in my head. "There will still be time to buy seeds after all the holiday festivities." Three more … [Read more...] about There Will Still Be Time To Buy Seeds After All The Holiday Festivities
Through Twitter, email and other social media sites, I have been made acutely aware that many gardeners have already started to get seed catalogs in the mail.I, on the other hand, have not yet received any seed catalogs and am starting to feel as though I have been inexplicably dropped from the seed companies' mailing lists. I wonder, ever so briefly, how this could be because I order as many seeds, if not more, than most gardeners. I order so many packets of seeds that I use an Excel … [Read more...] about No Seed Catalogs Means Hoe Movie Time!
When you last sowed seeds did you make sure the seed starting mix had been sterilized? How about the container you put it in? Did you make sure it was clean, too? And lighting? Did you pay attention to whether the seeds needed light or dark to germinate and adjust the light accordingly? Soil temperature? Did you get a warming mat to make sure that the soil wasn’t too cold? Of course you paid attention to watering, too? Not too much and not too little? And did you make sure the seeds were … [Read more...] about Petunia In The Patio