Tag: Seed Saving

Basic Principles of Breeding Heirloom Vegetables

Basic Principles of Breeding Heirloom Vegetables

Tips for raising vigorous seeds, whether your goal is to preserve a variety or to create a locally adapted strain.

How to Test Seed Germination Rates

How to Test Seed Germination Rates

Are those old seeds in the basement still viable? Find out with supplies you already have around the house.

10 Gifts for Gardeners

10 Gifts for Gardeners

Christmas is just around the corner! If you are looking for a few ideas to bring a smile to the face of that gardener in the family this year, allow […]

Seeds From the Tombs

Seeds From the Tombs

Can seeds from Ancient Egypt germinate thousands of years later? Scientists still debate the question.

The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb

The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb

Gardening on a budget doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice looks or taste! The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb: 400 Thrifty Tips for Saving Money, Time & Resources In and Around […]

5 Homemade Gifts from the Farm

5 Homemade Gifts From the Farm

There’s nothing like a homemade gift to warm someone’s heart at Christmas.  The time and love put into a handcrafted present make it special. If you enjoy country living, you […]

Pros and Cons of Fermenting Seeds Before Storage

Pros and Cons of Fermenting Seeds Before Storage

Most guides to saving seeds from tomatoes, cucumbers, and melons recommend fermenting the seeds before storing them. However, a short perusal of the directions for this procedure is enough to […]



The possibilities of a fresh, homegrown tomato are nearly endless. The simplest uses, such as sandwich toppings and BLTs, are by far the best. However, when you have a surplus, […]

Squash (Winter & Pumpkin)

Squash (Winter & Pumpkin)

Different gardeners have different favorite uses for winter squash, so be prepared to experiment with this unique vegetable. Squash can be boiled, baked, or mashed. It can be served by […]

Squash (Summer)

Squash (Summer)

Fortunately for gardeners, summer squash is almost as versatile as it is prolific. Slices can be cooked in soup or sautéed and added to pasta. Raw squashes can be peeled […]