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Soak Hard Seeds For Easier Germination

Morning Glory

Sometimes hard seeds need a little help. Did you know that if you soak hard coated flower seeds  – like Morning Glories, Sweet Peas, Four O’Clocks or Moon Flowers-  in water for 24 hours before you plant them that they will germinate easier? It’s true. Some people will add a little milk or vinegar to…

“As Soon As The Soil Can Be Worked”

Doing An Inventory Of Seeds

Sometimes new gardeners need help interpreting and deciphering the back of a seed pack or a garden catalog. It seems like the information or directions should be forthright and easy to understand but that’s not always the case. There are a few terms and concepts that may be encountered in garden catalogs and on seed…

The Difference Between Hybrid & Non Hybrid Seed

Corn Seed Sprouting

New gardeners are sometimes confused by the terms hybrid, non- hybrid or heirloom when shopping for vegetable or flower seeds. Here’s a quick primer. HYBRID SEED Hybrids are the result of breeding two distinct varieties of plant or animal. The offspring of such a mating produces a new variety of the same species that incorporates…

How To Test Seeds For Germination Rate

Early Butler Seed Germination

Germination rate is the term used to describe the percentage of seed from a particular plant species that will emerge when given the right conditions. The germination rate is important information to know ahead of time and helps the home gardener or farmer determine how thickly or thinly any given seed needs to be sown.…

Egg Shell Seeding Pots

Planting Gerainuims

Did you know that back in the days before commercial peat pots and plastic trays people used a half of an egg-shell to start seedlings? That’s right. An egg-shell is a good container to sow a seed in. Egg shells are small, lightweight, porous, earth friendly and readily available. In fact egg shells are free…