Starting Seeds Indoors – How We Start Our Vegetable And Flower Seeds

3 Big Tips To Starting Seeds Indoors

#1 Stay Away From Growing In The Window

#2 Put Power In Your Seed Starting Mix.

But our biggest tip of all? Add worm castings to whatever mix you use. You simply won’t believe the results! cliCK link for full article.

#3 Cover Your Seeds Until They Germinate



Best Seed Tape Ever

Planting tiny seeds is easy with this simple gardening trick.


best seed tape ever: toilet paper

It’s difficult to space tiny seeds, such as carrots, in the garden. The best way to solve this problem is to make homemade seed tape. Here’s how to do it:

1. Unroll a strip of toilet paper on a table (double ply works best), mist it with a sprayer, and place the seeds along the center of the strip. Be sure to space the seeds based on the seed packet’s recommendation. Tip: Alternate carrot seeds with radish seeds because when the radishes sprout, they help to mark the row and break the ground.

2. Starting along the strip’s long edge, fold a third of the paper over the seeds, then fold the other third over to cover the seeds completely. Lightly tamp the paper, misting it again to secure the seeds. Make as many of these strips as you need. Then carefully carry them to the garden.

3. Make shallow furrows in the prepared soil, lay the strips down, and cover them. In a jiffy, your small seeds will be planted and perfectly spaced.

Self Reliant Living and 40 Ways to Self Sufficiency

Self Reliant Living and 40 Ways to Self Sufficiency

Here we show you 40 ways to self reliant living and self sufficiency whether you live in the city or the suburbs. Urban homesteading and urban self sufficiency is a lifestyle sought out by the baby boomers, and for good reason! So many people think that having a large piece of land allows them to be self sufficient. As I have always said, it is not the size that counts, but what you do with it! 😉


Self Reliant Living and 40 Ways to Self Sufficiency.



This is actually a school project from a school in Scotland, but what a great idea and a way to recycle all those plastic soda bottles we get through. I imagine this greenhouse will be a lot better than most at retaining heat during the night, which could be a real plus in some areas.

Admittedly, it will take quite some time to collect all the bottles needed for this project by yourself, by I think if you get your friends, neighbours and family to start saving up their bottles as well, it shouldn’t take too long. The important thing is to get started saving your bottles right away. As I see it, the biggest roadblock with the project is the space required to store all the plastic bottles whilst you are saving them up.

If you are interested to know more, or you want to give it a go, you can download a PDF document showing how the greenhouse was built. The PDF also includes plans and a shopping list of the other materials you need to build your own soda bottle greenhouse.

Download the pdf instructions here! Continue reading


A Wonderful Recipe: Fresh Basil Plants 12 for $2.50!!!

There’s a well known saying, “You can never be too rich or too thin”. I most heartily disagree with both of these premises…………..

With so many young, beautiful girls suffering from social-induced image problems like bulimia and anorexia, it breaks my heart that a thin, lean body has become an icon of female beauty. The most beautiful women I know range from being short, tall, large, small, young, old and all places in between!

And as far as material possessions ………….. well, I think Solomon, known as “the wisest of all men”, sums it all up quite nicely; “Give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich I may deny you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name”.

Now basil, well, that’s a whole different story………… Although we grow a lot of basil each summer, it seems like I could always use more. One of my favorite recipes ever, Sweet Basil Vinaigrette calls for a quarter pound of basil – have you ever seen how much basil it takes to make a quarter pound!?

I use basil quite extravagantly in my cooking, garnishing and even decorating (I love having a big, fresh bunch of basil sitting on my kitchen counter in lieu of fresh flowers!). As spring and summer cuisines come into season (sorry Australia and all of you living in the Southern Hemisphere!), you will see tons of recipes on my blog that call for this lovely, fragrant, delicious herb. And that’s why I’m sharing this wonderful tip with you today that most people are unaware of……………

I was wandering through my local Whole Foods Market the other day, when some beautiful  basil plants caught my eye. They were fresh, tall and full, and…… well like I said, just plain beautiful. They were priced at $2.50 (very reasonable for those of you using different currencies) each and I quickly snatched up a couple and tossed them in my basket. My heart skipped a few beats because I knew exactly what I was going to do once I got home ……………

I cut up the plant into little pieces! What in the world? …………… I bet that some of you don’t know that basil is very easily propagated. Yes, if you cut it up correctly, you can get a bunch (I got twelve!) of lovely basil plants for your spring/summer enjoyment, out of just one plant. Check out the “recipe” below to see step-by-step instructions!

I had enough basil left for a couple recipes that I’ll be sharing later this week. I’ll be featuring some delicious Slow Roasted Tomatoes tomorrow that you don’t want to miss!

Oh, and if you can’t use a lot of basil plants, go ahead and root them anyway – use the little plants as gifts to your “foodie” friends – they’ll be thinking of you quite fondly all summer long! 🙂

A Wonderful Recipe: Fresh Basil Plants 12 for $2.50!!!

1 large, full, healthy basil plant, either potted or hydroponic
kitchen scissors or a sharp knife
small glass container

1. Begin this process no more than 2-3 weeks before it is safe to plant basil in your climate zone which is usually when temperatures will consistently remain above 50˚ at night, the days are warm and sunny and there’s no danger of frost.
With a kitchen scissors or a sharp knife, cut 3-4 inch cuttings (they may end up being a bit longer depending on where the first leaf node is) right below a leaf node; this is where a leaf joins the main stem – see picture:

2. Remove leaves off cuttings on the lower 2 inches – see pictures:

If there are tiny leaves at the leaf node, don’t worry about these.

3. Place cuttings in small clear glasses of water on a bright, sunny (not hot) window sill. You can put 1-2 cuttings in each glass. Watch the water levels carefully, adding water to keep stems immersed. Change the water every other day to keep it fresh.

4. After 5-7 days you will begin to see some tiny white roots forming. Each day more and more will appear. Let the roots grow to about 2 inches. This will take about 2-4 weeks, from start to finish. You are now ready to plant your plants outdoors in a sunny spot.

~ The cuttings may look a bit droopy after a day or so. They are just adjusting to a new environment; keep the water level full and be sure to change the water every other day. A little warning; sometimes one or two of the “little offspring” just don’t make it – it’s too shocking for their system – you should have plenty of others though, that do just fine!
~ Don’t be snitching basil during this growing period. That’s a good way to put them into irreversible shock (I’m not, I’m really not telling you this from personal experience ………..oh dear, my nose is growing!)
~ For more information on planting and growing basil check out this informative website.
~ Fresh herbs love lots of water, especially in the hot summer months. They will wilt, droop and their growth will be stunted if they don’t receive enough moisture. I am very forgetful and lazy when it comes to watering plants. Years ago, my husband devised an ingenious system that keeps my herbs healthy and beautiful during the scorching summer weather we experience here in the Carolinas. Check out this post and you’ll be able to see for yourself how this simple and ecologically efficient drip system works!


Seed Companies Owned by Monsanto

Following is a list of companies that are either a)owned in part by Monsanto or b) carry seeds sourced from Seminis, which was bought by Monsanto in 2005. This list is as complete as I can make it at this time.Below this initial list are two more lists: companies that have signed the Safe Seed Pledge…and companies that may sell only safe seed but have not signed the safe seed pledge.

Cautionary note: Some companies, like Johnny’s and FEDCO, may carry Seminis seeds or have done so in the past, but claim to sell no genetically modified seed. I leave it up to you to do your own research. I know the owners of both personally (well, FEDCO is a co-op so has no “owners” per se, but C.R. Lawn is top honcho and I have known him for years. If C.R. says they sell no GM seeds, I trust him). Rob Johnston, on the other hand, may not be able to personally overlook his sources and based on what I know, I have some reservations about Johnny’s. Again…do the research.


Audubon Workshop
Breck’s Bulbs
Cook’s Garden
Dege Garden Center
Earl May Seed
E & R Seed Co
Ferry Morse
Flower of the Month Club
Gardens Alive
Germania Seed Co
Garden Trends
Johnny’s Seeds
Lindenberg Seeds
McClure and Zimmerman Quality Bulb Brokers
Mountain Valley Seed
Park Seed
Park Bulbs
Park’s Countryside Garden
R.H. Shumway
Roots and Rhizomes
Seeds for the World
Seymour’s Selected Seeds
Spring Hill Nurseries
Territorial Seeds
T&T Seeds
Tomato Growers Supply
Totally Tomato
Vermont Bean Seed Co.
Wayside Gardens
Willhite Seed Co.

Avoiding GMO-seed & Monsanto NO-GMO | Garden of Eatin’.

easy seed starters from instructables

click on each link below each photo for all the details and enjoy!
“Easy Seed Starters” is a collection of easy-to-follow projects to get your garden started.  Learn how to build windowsill greenhouses, cultivate seeds from your favorite vegetables, and nurture your seedlings into full-grown plants. All projects come from, are written by our creative community, and contain pictures for each step so you can easily make these yourself.Instructables is the most popular project-sharing community on the Internet. We provide easy publishing tools to enable passionate, creative people like you to share their most innovative projects, recipes, skills, and ideas. Instructables has over 40,000 projects covering all subjects, including crafts, art, electronics, kids, home improvement, pets, outdoors, reuse, bikes, cars, robotics, food, decorating, woodworking, costuming, games, and more.  Check it out today!
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Editor, Food & Living