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The red-winged blackbirds have returned and we just got eighteen inches of snow!
Before I sat down with a cup of chaga tea to write you this morning, here is what we did at dawn:
Friends, I've been asked a lot recently:
"Is it worth planting these seeds I didn't sow last season?"
The answer is yes. Mostly.
Here's the thing: most seeds will last three to five years kept dry and stable, relatively low temperatures. A kitchen cupboard or desk drawer are perfect places for seeds. So planting seed from the year or two prior is perfect.
The only exception: anything in the allium family (onion, leek, scallion, chive, shallot) and parsnip. Their seed coat is thin and fragile, so they readily oxidize and lose their germination. These are the only seeds to purchase each year. If you do have extra from years past, sow them more densely than you would if their germination was optimal.
Many seeds are delicious as seedlings...
I'm proud, grateful and utterly thrilled to introduce:
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With snow still on the ground and freezing nights long from over, it's finally time to sow the first seeds of spring.
But don't worry, it's not time to start everything. In fact, most seeds sown this early would be sown months too soon.
The only seeds to sow in February are allium seeds. The Allium family (thanks for the great name, Linneus) include onions, leeks, shallots, chives and garlic. Garlic is planted in fall and chives can wait 'til April, but the first three are best sown mid-February to mid-March. It's not a race and no need to make any extra work for yourself, just know if you're looking forward to homegrown shallots as much as I am, it's time to start planning.
Here is a materials list to get you started from page 15 of Rise & Shine: Starting Seeds with Ease, Fruition's eBook making it easy for you to sow seeds like a pro:
Each year we look so forward to celebrating spring and seeing people we love at flower shows throughout the Northeast.
Where will we see you?
We're especially excited because for years you've asked us to share more tools and techniques to make organic gardening easier and more successful...
...and finally we are!
See you soon!
February 22nd - 25th
5 Easy Seeds to Save Thursday at 11 am
10 Tips for Container Gardening Friday at 3:30
7 Essentials of Seed Starting Sunday at 11
March 2nd - 11th
7 Keys to Simplify Watering Your Garden Saturday the 3rd at 2 pm
Milkweed for Monarchs: Growing 5 Natives from Seed Sunday the 4th at 10 am
Petra participates in the ...
Many gardeners want to start seeds more successfully, so my friend Sal and I created this gorgeous infographic for you:
...the LED grow light that we use? Here.
...easy to use soil blockers to make gorgeous soil blocks? Here.
...organic potting soil? Here.
...a heat mat that will change my life? Here.
And for our Ultimate Seed Starting Collection, head here.
Dreaming of the season ahead, my dear friend Kc inspired me to make a list of the 7 essential things she needed to know to start seeds well...
...then I'm scheming to make supper with my dear friend Sal, whose illustrations are as vivid and whimsical as her gardens and stories. Eureka! Sal and I had SO much fun laughing and learning as we brought to life the 7 Essentials of Seed Starting through visual story.
Welcome to Sal's Garden!
Petra: Whose advice do you always listen to?
We've been asked for years to demystify seed starting.
Rise & Shine finally shares everything you need to start seeds successfully at home with easy-to-follow instructions and insightful tips for the novice and experienced grower alike. For the cost of a few seed packets, purchase and download Rise & Shine here.
"I've grown Fruition's seeds and starts for years but I've never had much success starting seeds indoors. Rise and Shine brought growing plants back into our lives and my children have loved caring for our seedlings right on our dining room table."
-Jessica (age 36), mother of Zoe (9) and Tristan (6)
Everything we've learned from decades of seed starting, distilled into 25 pages:
The Anatomy of a Seed
The Anatomy of a Seed Packet
Sowing Seeds Directly in Your Garden
If Cucurbits Could Talk
Direct Seeding Chart
5 Considerations for the ‘Think Outside the Row’ Gardener
Whether you hope to harvest 10 or 10,000 tomatoes, diseases like Late Blight, Early Blight and Septoria Leaf Spot are affecting your abundance every season here in the Northeast.
Here are the 5 keys to preventing tomato disease:
Sowing seeds with natural genetic resistance to these diseases is the single greatest thing you can do to increase your success whether you are an organic or conventional grower.
Often flavorful heirlooms have little disease resistance and modern varieties with tons of disease resistance have little remarkable flavor. There are exceptions though, and here are some:
A delicious heirloom tomato that shares the classic tomato genus but belongs to a separate species, so it has natural resistance to late blight, early blight and septoria leaf spot. Chiapas is always the first and often the final tomato we harvest each...
Here are nine key questions to source the best seeds possible for you, making your garden beautiful and abundant from the start.
At the end is my (inimitable) response to one of our most asked questions:
"Are these seeds GMO-free?"
Stay curious, ask questions & have fun!
May the seeds you sow amplify abundance for all for months and generations to come :)
For years you’ve asked Fruition Seeds thousands of insightful questions and I’m so honored to share everything I’ve learned (and am constantly learning) with you in my new blog, Fruition Garden Journal.
Each week I’ll share seasonal stories, photos, video tutorials, tried-and-true tips and our latest experiments to keep you up-to-date, inspired and surrounded by abundance as the seasons go by.
-to save you time, money and heartache by sharing my successes as well as mistakes
-help you laugh and learn on your own learning curve
-build a community of passionate, curious growers who know seed is not as small as it seems
-sing songs as often as possible
Each year we find our new varieties that thrive in short seasons and are so grateful to share them with you.
Here are a few of my favorites:
⭐️ love what you sow ⭐️
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