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Tips For Sowing Small Seeds

Tips for Sowing Small Seeds

When sowing small seeds it’s sometimes hard to tell what area you have covered because the seeds are normally the same or close to being the same color as the earth.  In some cases you will not know you have over sown until the seedlings begin to appear and by then it’s to late to even them out.  Here are my favorite three ways to fix that problem before it happens.

All these tips suggest you mix the seeds with another ingredient to make them more visible.  Most you will already have on hand.

Sand:  If you use sand make sure it’s sea sand, as its’ edges have been rounded off by the constant movement of the ocean and will not harm your earthworms as play sand will do.  Play sand has rough edges which can cut the digestive system of the worms or even worse, kill them.  An organic garden without worms will not survive for a long period of time.

Flour:  Mixing the seeds with a little baking flour will also give you a better visible understanding of the location of your seeds.  Like the sand it has a few kinks.  You do not want to add too much flour or the damp soil will cause the flour to harden and trap the seeds, not allowing them to reach the dirt.  For every teaspoon of seeds, add one tablespoon of flour.  Shake or mix well then sow the seeds evenly in the dark soil. The result being even rows or spreading of the seeds, and not being over seeded.

Jello:  If you are planting very fine seeds, such as carrot, lettuce, or wildflower; mix the seeds with a package of colored gelatin powder. It really helps to spread the seeds evenly and makes it very easy to see where they’ve been sown. Plus the gelatin seems to help them grow too!

Keeping seeds where you can see them is beneficial  when sowing small seeds.  As with most things in life, learning to growing what you eat, takes time and a few good tips from your friends.  Here’s to Happy Gardening!

3 Types of Vegetable Seeds: Heirlooms, Hybrids and GMO’s

To understand the types of vegetable seeds we have offered to us today, we need to look at these 3 types of seeds. Hopefully, this will help you in deciding what type of produce to buy and could be very useful if you try, Growing What You Eat, in the future.

Heirloom Seeds: As most of us know, keeping seeds from year to year was practiced by all farmers before WWII. It wasn’t unusual for the same seeds to be passed down through families for 50 to 100 years. The farmer or his wife would choose the best looking or tasting produce, then proceed to save the seeds from that item for next year’s planting. Thus the birth of Heirloom Seeds.
While Heirloom Seeds may not produce the best looking product, but to me, it certainly produces the best tasting.

Shortly after WWII, growers began to experiment with our next type of seeds, the Hybrid.

Heirloom seeds can produce funny looking vegetables but their flavor can't be beat.

Heirloom seeds can produce funny looking vegetables but their flavor can’t be beat.

Hybrid Seeds: Hybrids can occur naturally but mostly they are intentionally planned. Hybrid seeds often produce high yields from seeds planned with precise characteristics in mind. Hybrids start by cross-breeding two species to produce a new plant and can produce great results, but the problems begin to show up when farmers and others, save seeds from one year’s bounty to sow for next year’s crop. Being better the second time around does not hold true for hybrid seeds. Hybrid seeds, do not produce good second year crops or show the results in the product most of us want on our tables. Therefore, if you are using hybrid seeds be prepared to buy seeds, year after year, for planting.

GMO Seeds: Lastly, we have GMO seeds that are genetically modified, on purpose, to produce precise results. GMO Seeds are made by transferring the DNA from one organism, but not necessarily from other plants, into a seed to get those results. In doing so, in most cases, we get the good from both. But with large corporations holding the patents on these seeds, it can be very expensive to buy and grow these type of seeds. Some people even feel that growing GMO seeds will threaten the existence of organic crops through cross pollination.

Deciding on what type of seed you want to plant is a decision we all need to make before we turn the first shovel of soil. You might want to do more research at www.Burpee.com/vegetables before making up your mind.