Using a garden journal, throughout the year, can be one of a gardener's best allies in their gardening journey. A garden journal is intended to be fun and another creative way to keep track of your garden. Include photos, sketches, old seed packets and anything else that may be useful for you. This is a personalized documentation, so anything that is helpful and pertinent can be included.
How can you tell if a seed company is good or not? Simple, if you can call them and have them provide you with where their seed crops have been grown. Most small seed houses would be more than happy to provide such information, as it proves that the consumer is going the extra mile to ensure where their seed source truly comes from. You will be surprised to learn that not many seed companies grow their own seed, which leaves the consumer to trust each company for providing seed that has vigor, traits and characteristics signature to each seed.
Interested in extending your bounty through fall and well into winter? Planting in the late summer is the perfect way! Enjoy harvesting fresh herbs and vegetables to enhance your meals throughout the holiday season and into the new year! Cold weather can sweetens certain vegetables and remove bitter and spicy traits. Some flowers also require a period of vernalization and prefer to overwinter and blossom in the spring.
Inviting pollinators to your garden is not as hard as it may seem. You don’t need a large piece of land or a large garden. Flowers in pots, containers, and even windowsills can offer forage, food, and fodder for many of our migrating and permanent pollinators. There are many flowers to be planted now, see list below, that will continue to flourish and flower well into the fall.
Each seed variety carries a story, a story of dedication, love and care. These stories are usually associated with the seeds and passed on, for generations where they begin to be referred to as heirloom or heritage seeds – seeds with a linage, seeds with a story.
Seed saving and seed knowledge became a sacred part of ancient and modern civilizations, a ritual that was naturally passed on from generation to generation, from neighbor to neighbor.
There was a time when we marveled at the rich distinction between communities and cultures for their seed stock and food varieties, today 90% of the world’s food is provided by only 30 plants and four of those plants constituting 75% of mankind’s calories.