Flowers can be planted at more variable times that the food bearing plants. Perennials, plants that come back every year, can be planted almost anytime the soil is not frozen or in the middle of the summer heat. Of course spring and fall are the best times, as the soil is more easily worked and the plants have ideal growing conditions
Annuals are usually planted in late spring after the last frost. Most garden centers will get annuals in only after [...]
Nut trees require a lot of room. I haven’t heard of any dwarf nut trees, yet. If you want to have nut trees you will need a fairly large piece of property as most trees need to be placed at least 20’ apart and some even further. On our one acre lot we have three pecan trees. That is all the room we have for nut trees.
Be careful to make sure the nuts will bear in your climate. There’s a [...]
This is also the time to order bare root fruit trees. They’ll be shipped to you at the proper time for planting in your area. Bare root trees are usually small, but they will very soon catch up to the larger, more expensive and hard to ship older trees. Also, for some reason they seem to be more resilient to transplanting. I’ve lost fewer bare root saplings than their two or three year old siblings in pots.
Make sure the varieties [...]
If you want to grow your own berries now is the time to order them. You can get decent plants at your local home improvement center, but be careful on varieties. They just buy a whole bunch of one berry and ship it all over the US, whether it will do well or not. Refer to all the info you got from the Agricultural Extension. (Do I sound like an ad for them or what?) Also, they arrive in the [...]
In the last couple blogs there’s a huge list of seed companies that were gleaned from internet searches. What to do with 65 seed companies?
It’s a good idea to try to grow seeds that have been produced in your climate or a climate similar to yours. One of the reasons I use Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is they cultivate seeds from around the world. Some of them come from hot humid climates, which is the climate I grow in. So, [...]
34. *Bountiful Gardens
35. Environmental Seed Producers
36. *Harmony Farm Supply and Nursery
37. The Natural Gardening Company
38. Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
39. Redwood City Seed Company
40. *Botanical Interests, Inc.
41. Comstock Ferre & Co.
42. New England Seed Company
43. E.O.N.S., Inc.
44. Growin’ Crazy Acres
45. Nature’s Crossroads, LLC
46. Ferry Morse Seed Company
47. FedCo Seeds
48. The Heirloom Garden of Maine
49. Orchard House Heirlooms
50. BLM Enterprises/Markham Farm
51. Italian Seed and Tool
52. Plants of the Southwest
53. New York Botanicals, LLC
54. Sow True Seed
55. Companion Plants, Inc.
56. Boondockers Seed Company
Here’s a list of some of the companies that have signed the pledge. The one’s with asterisks in front of them are companies I have bought from and had good experiences with their seeds. This is a long list and I do not endorse any of the companies that don’t have asterisks by them, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t good. I’ve just never done business with them before.
1. Abundant Life Seeds
2. *Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (0ne of the best [...]
I thought it might be beneficial if people actually knew what the Safe Seed Pledge says, so here it is:
THE SAFE SEED PLEDGE:
“Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative
We pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic [...]