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How to Save Seeds For Optimal Vitality

As summer begins rolling into autumn, it’s time to get busy saving seeds from your summer harvest.  Remember that HEAT and MOISTURE are the enemies to seed viability after storage.  In other words, just the things that make a seed germinate when planted are the things that will kill them during storage and prevent germination later when planted.  Even if the poorly stored seeds germinate, they may produce weak, spindly plants that do not produce fruit or vegetables.  You may get carrot sprouts but never any root bigger than a thread even after months of growing.

When stored properly, some seeds can last 5-10 years, but this depends on the type of seed. …

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Gardening in South Africa When I was a Child

gardeningI have been talking to my father about gardening, when I was a child in South Africa in the 1950’s One thing that most people here would never do is use human manure for fertilizer.  Back then we would take the waste from an out door toilet and dig it directly in the ground to fertilize the garden.  We never put it directly on the plants it was always spread prior to planting.  One thing that I can remember is that we always got a great crop of volunteer tomato plants.

Today I know that most people would never think of using human manure in this manner, however neither one of us could remember anyone getting sick from it.…

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About Spices and Gardening

raised-bedLearning about herbs and spices and their use, I am really surprised at how fast they lose their flavor after you pick them.  The one thing that our storage is short of is hard to store spices.  We have quite a variety but it is hard to keep them fresh.  I can’t go into all the types you will need, because people have different taste, but try planting an herb garden that will flourish in your area.

We all know that salt is very important; the maintenance of a proper salt balance is vital to the system.  (I have high blood pressure so don’t use a lot of salt)  With all the packaged foods we have to make life easier for the working mom, sodium is over used so you rarely need to add it.  …

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Learn from Living History

 

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am getting older.  As I reflect back over the years, I think of how we used to do things before the easy availability of power tools.  When I was a child skill saws and power drills were not common.  I watch a carpenter today and I see nail guns, skill saws, electric screw guns and drills.  The same thing applies to gardening and farms.  Do I want to go back to doing things the old way, no.  When it’s time to plant a garden, I love my rototiller.

My father as a child

But what happens when the power fails and someday it will. …

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Do you have the Necessary Supplies to Garden

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Storing food is great, but are you storing seeds and are they heritage seeds?  If not you should be.  Even if you have 10 years supply of food storage, a few fresh vegetables and fruits will taste good.  Plan ahead now, plant a few fruit trees and stock some seed.  Get to know your garden area.  Do you know what the soil is like?  Have you dug it up? Is it good soil that you can work with a shovel or is it solid rock?  What grows well in your area?

Do you have the necessary yard tools?  Are they good quality, US made or cheap foreign junk? …

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