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Adding Nitrogen to Your Soil Naturally – Nodulation on Plant Roots

Q. I’ve been told I should inoculate my bean seeds. Why should I do this, and how do I do it? Does alfalfa need it? Any others? A. Why Use Rhizobia Inoculants? Rhizobia bacteria are a group of soil-based microorganisms, which establish symbiotic relationships with beans and other legume plants, such as alfalfa and clover. […]

Saving Heirloom Seeds

Saving Seeds Q. I want to save seeds from tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables – How do it do it right? A. For those who are interested in saving and using seeds from your own garden, or receive seeds from non-guaranteed sources – here’s how we heat-treat tomato and some other seeds for long-term storage […]

Planting Small Seeds in Clay Soil

Q. Why haven’t my carrot and onion seedlings come up after 2 weeks? I planted onions and Carrots in one bed – 1/2 on the front end and 1/2 on the back. Since the seeds are so tiny, I was wondering if my watering was causing them to NOT start. I have faithfully been watering […]

How Deep should I plant My Seeds?

Q. If I plant turnips and beets by burying the seed instead of “broadcasting” them, how deep should the turnip seed go? The only thing I can find on them is the latter method. A. A “rule of thumb” for planting seed is to place them in a shallow furrow and bury them 2 1/2 […]

How Many Vegetable Seeds Are There in an Ounce?

I have extracted this list from the Wholesale seed catalog we receive from Mountain Valley Seed Co. I recommend you consider visiting their website and buying the triple-sealed #10 can of Heirloom Vegetable Seeds. Then you never have to worry about using hybrid seeds again. Just keep the heirloom seeds in a cool dry place, […]

What Varieties will Grow In My Climate?

Q. What seeds should we buy, that will grow and produce well in our unique climate situation? A. Our experience has been that all seeds that are sold in your area grow well there. Also, we’ve found that unless a variety has a longer growing season – such as sweet potatoes that require 140 days, […]

Heirloom or Hybrid – Which is Better?

Q. What’s the difference between heirloom and hybrid seeds? And which type of seeds is better for the home gardener to use? A. Heirloom seeds breed true, meaning that the fruit from seed you harvest from the current plant will be the same as the current plant and its fruit, generation after generation. This means […]

Heirloom or Hybrid? What Heirloom Seeds Should I Look For?

Q. I want to be able to harvest seeds from my vegetables and count on the next generation being the same. Please list some heirloom seeds for each of the common vegetables, so I can look for and plant them. A. Here’s a small list of heirloom seeds that have been proven to be good […]