Heirloom and Organic Seeds: How are they all different?
There are endless discussions surrounding GMO seeds vs hybrid seeds. There is also confusion surrounding heirloom (AKA heritage seeds) and organic seeds. We could talk about all the issues surrounding these hot topic for hours. However, the goal for this article is to clear up the confusion surrounding these terms.
Sifting through all the information on GMO seeds vs hybrid seeds can be overwhelming. It’s often hard to tell the truth from corporate America fiction. Let’s blow away the smoke and take an honest, simple look at these terms.Read More
I didn’t pull my volunteer plants this year. Don’t be shocked. I admit I have a problem. Yes, I have a problem pulling any live plant. I know in my head it needs to be done for the overall health of the garden and especially when thinning a crop. I blame my grandfather. He had trouble pulling up live plants too. His reasons were related to what the plant might produce. He lived by the “get it while you can because you don’t know when a crop will fail” experience. To help me with this “problem”, my husband and I came up with 5 guidelines for determining if a plant should be pulled or allowed to live.Read More
Saving your own seeds can be scary, especially to a gardener who hasn’t done this before, or for long. So many questions come to mind: “How,” “What,” and “What if,”…. These are put to rest with good information, some trial, and, of course, some error. Don’t worry, I’m going to share with you just how to save seeds from your garden harvest.Read More
I love growing, preserving, and using pumpkins almost as much as I do sweet potatoes! I like the simplicity of starting them from seed, transplanting them into the garden, and then leaving them there until the rest of harvest rush is over. Pumpkins just sit in the garden until the vines have dried up. You can even leave them there until just before it freezes. It’s so fun to walk through the pumpkin patch and look at all the different sizes and shapes. They store well, preserve easily, and are a great food for all livestock.Read More
We’re in the Deep South, that’s growing zone 8 here in the U.S., so we have a nice long growing season. I pretty much have a garden year around. One thing that I really appreciate about our long growing season is that it affords us lots of room for trial and error. We can replant or redo something we tried and failed at, usually with success. This past year (2014), we lost our first tomato planting due to the heavy spring rains, but we were able to replant and enjoy a wonderful harvest. On the down side of that, it also gives the grass and weeds a long time to regroup and try a new frontal attack.Read More
A Seed is a Seed is a Seed…Right? Wrong! All garden seeds are not created equal. I know there are so many people who are unaware of the GMO issue. Many people choose not to listen, not to ask questions, not to put in the time for research. It even seems there are those who choose to accept the propaganda and like the ostrich, bury their head in the proverbial sand.Read More
The realities and joys of farmsteading are often a bittersweet mix. If you are new to the farming lifestyle, then you may not have experienced much of this. If you have been farming for a while, then you are all too familiar with these. So often people begin farming and quickly become overwhelmed by what…Read More
I love sweet potatoes. Everything about them is wonderful to me. They are one of the most nutritious foods you can grow in your garden. The old timers say they help you keep your night vision and prevent cancer. Modern science has proven them right. They are a power house of nutrition and energy!Read More
Saving your own seeds can be scary, especially to a farmer who hasn’t done this before, or for long. Even after all these years, I still hope I am doing it right and that they are viable. There are so many questions: “How…,” “What can I…,” “What if…,” all of these can be put to…Read More