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

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

Garden Spiders, Are They Harmful?

Garden Spiders, Are They Harmful?

Garden Spider – Weavers of the Fascinating Web

The Argiope aurantia spider, commonly known as the yellow garden spider, black-and-yellow garden spider and some call it the writing-spider.  Is she good for the garden or not?  I agree she is shocking when you first come in contact with her but she is completely harmless, in fact, she is actually a good thing for the garden.

Argiope aurantia Spider

In the females, the abdomen is black with symmetrical patches of yellow.  Her legs are reddish-brown at the base and   black towards the tips.  She can grow up to 1.5 inches in body length and the female actually grows twice the size of the male. Read more

6 Tips to Prepare your Vegetable Garden for Winter

6 Tips to Prepare your Vegetable Garden for Winter

I have mixed emotions about fall coming though I must say it is my favorite season as far as decorating and the colors. We have a long growing season here and it has been in full force since mid-May with canning, freezing, and preserving food.  This is another mixed emotion as well because it’s sad to see the plants dying but also its exciting to stand in the canning room and admire all the jars of food I have put away for winter.

Canned Goods from the Vegetable Garden

The end result of the long hot days in the kitchen are coming to an end but the different colors of food in the jars are as pretty, to me, as the fall leaves on the trees. Read more

Cover Crops in Raised Beds! How?

Cover Crops in Raised Beds!  How?

Summer is coming to an end and we can already feel a nip in the air early mornings.  The sun is rising over the trees 20 minutes later than it has been, the days are getting shorter and the temperatures at night are already getting below what we keep our thermostat set on, so it’s time to open up the windows at night.  Spring and fall are my favorite times of the year because I love having the windows open.  I love the feel of a cool breeze when it blows through, I know the house getting aired out and the pleasant feeling of knowing another season is coming.

Fall also means it is time to get to cleaning up the garden and the whole homestead getting it ready for the winter.   Read more