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Tips for starting vegetables from seeds

Apr 22 2020 1 Comment Tags: garden, seeds, vegetables

Its time to start planting for spring, and the cheapest way to grow your own vegetables is ito start from seeds (and even cheaper if you save those seeds yourself), rather than buying seedlings. Here are a few tips for starting seeds.

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Planting seeds or seedlings?

Dec 19 2016 0 Comments Tags: seeds, vegetables

Its taken me a little while to learn this, but I think I've now figured out which veges to sow directly in the soil as seeds and which to raise as seedlings and then plant in my garden, so I thought I'd share with you what has worked for me so far.

radish seedlings peeping through the mulch

At first I tried to plant everything as seeds directly in the garden, but I wasn’t happy with the results, too...

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How to save seeds - a 2016 update

Dec 07 2016 0 Comments Tags: garden, seeds

I love being able to keep seeds from the vegetables I grow.  Some people get upset when their plants bolt and go to seed, but I'm happy because it means I'll be able to save the seeds and sow some more.

Poor Man's Beans seeds that I've saved
I have saved seeds from beans, capsicums, lettuce, mustard greens, tomatoes, parsley, basil, broccoli and spring onions, as well as flower seeds. I keep the...

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Are you saving seeds?

Aug 31 2015 0 Comments Tags: garden, seeds

Maybe this post should start with a warning..... once you start saving seeds its very hard to stop. I cannot walk past a seed head without wondering if I should save the seeds. This includes public gardens, and other people's gardens. At this time of year my garden is full of brassica flowers, which are gradually turning into seed pods, and I know in a few weeks I will be starting to harvest the...

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The history of heirloom vegetables

Nov 12 2014 0 Comments Tags: garden, seeds, vegetables

Heirloom vegetables are the old varieties that have been passed down through generations. Some vegetables have a history spanning thousands of years. Heirloom vegetables are open pollinated, which means we can continue to save seeds and develop new species adapted to our individual climate. Unlike the modern hybrid vegetables, that have been bred to comply with the requirements of an industrial...

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Seed saving and seed swap

Sep 08 2014 0 Comments Tags: garden, seeds, vegetables

If you want to grow your own veges on the cheap, one of the easiest ways to save money is to save seeds.  I've written a few posts about seed saving and growing from seeds, see them here.

my seed collection

Seeds that I have to swap
  • Dill
  • Poor man's beans
  • Green beans (climbing) - "Blue Lake"
  • Yellow beans (bush) - "Cherokee Wax"
  • Cabbage
  • Spring Onions (see explanation here)
  • Leek
  • Bok Choi
  • Green peas - "Lacey...

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