5 Seed Ordering Tips to Save You Money and Time

5 Seed Ordering Tips to Save You Money and Time

Seed ordering tips:  Know how to warm up and brighten a cold wintry day?  It’s easy, sit down and start looking through seed the catalogs or log onto your favorite online seed company!  Bright and colorful pictures just send a rush of “spring happiness”  inside.  You just get filled with warm fuzzies.  I know all experienced gardeners know exactly what I’m talking about.  But if you are new to gardening you’ll quickly learn what I’m talking about.    

What if  you are new to gardening, or this is you first time starting with seed, then the task can become overwhelming and very expensive if you are not careful.  Well don’t fret, today I’ll share with you some  seed ordering tips to help you make the best seed choices for your garden and how to save money for the seasons to come.  

5 Seed Ordering Tips you need to know: 

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How to Read a Seed Packet

How to Read a Seed Packet

Simple Guide to Reading a Seed Packet

Not sure what to grow? You don’t know what will grow in your area? You stand in front of the seed section at your local garden center all confused, in a seed frenzy, because all the packets are screaming ‘take me. The colorful packets, the vegetables, herbs, and flowers it can be overwhelming.

Good seed companies provide a wealth of information on their packets. Once you learn how to read a packet, the “seed frenzy” can be better controlled. Of course all seed companies are different and if you are not careful, you will end up with a lot of seeds that will not grow in your area or seeds that you may NEVER use. Today I’ll share a few of my favorite places I get my seed, some simple guidelines on what to look for and how to read the seed packets. I hope you find this helpful so you make informed decisions and calm the “seed frenzy.”   Let’s begin…. Read more

What Goals Do You Have For 2018?

Unfinished Greenhouse

Wow, 2017 has come to an end!  Where does time go so quickly?  2017 was a great year of personal growth for us.   It had its ups and downs.  I do believe that if we learn from life experience, we are better people for it.  On the down side – We held steady through a job loss and one of our properties fall victim to arson but on the up side – we began working to get a new business off the ground, the garden was the best ever we’ve had, we were able to install a drip irrigation system, and I completed my certification as a Master Gardener.  We are continuing to move forward with our dreams here on the homestead.  Read more

Easy Peach Cobbler

Easy Peach Cobbler

I remember growing up at home mom would, at times, surprise us with a warm peach cobbler for dessert.  I must say I wasn’t  much help to her when she was cooking because I always preferred to be outside with my dad,  down at the barn or possibly in the hayfield, depending on the time of year.

It was always such a joy though when you walk into the front door and smell the fresh peach cobbler in the oven.

Yummy Peach Cobbler

Yum, really good memories.  I should tell you that my mom is a real southern cook.  Read more

Triple Chocolate Oreo Crumble

Triple Chocolate Oreo Crumble

The new name is:  Triple Chocolate Oreo Crumble, thanks to Emily F. in Athens, TN.

It’s my favorite – Chocolate!  Yes, I love it and most everyone that I know loves it too.  Anytime I am offered  chocolate, it’s hard for me to say no. I mean come on, who doesn’t love to have a little bit of chocolate once in a while.  I agree, we don’t need it a lot, but…every now and again – it’s ok.

We’ve been planning a bonfire here on the homestead for several weeks now and I knew that we would have our normal Smore’s available with graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate and a cake too, but I wanted to try something new and a little different than our normal dessert.  Read more

How to Help Feed Pollinators into Late Fall

How to Help Feed Pollinators into Late Fall

The leaves are changing here in Tennessee.  The air is getting cooler in the evening and you can just feel fall in the air.  We are still working around the homestead getting things ready for the cold temperatures that we know are not far away.

Fall is a great time for the birds and bears.  Natural areas are full of seeds and berries, but our pollinators food source is quickly ending.  They have gone all summer feeding off the nectar and pollen in the flowers and then fall arrives and their food source is quickly slowing.

While cleaning up the garden, I noticed the zinnias, marigolds and verbena that were still blooming was swarmed by butterflies and bumblebees.  I had let a large basil plant go to flower and it too was covered with bees.

Pollinator on Zinnia

I’m so enamoured watching them.  They are so wise, totally focused on the task at hand, they know winter is just around the corner and they are doing all they can to prepare.  Read more