Category Archives: Saving seeds and cultivars

Protecting the Garden From Frost: Temperature Lows for Vegetables – 5-20

Here in NE Georgia I have been planting seeds in flats for about a month, getting ready to plant when the weather warrants it. Both spring and summer plants have been started. I don’t worry about the cool weather crops … Continue reading

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Are You a Seed Romantic? 2-7-2020

Ever since I was 3 years old, when my pioneer stock mom gave me my first 3’x3’ bed of my very own to plant, I’ve been in love with seeds. She helped me prepare the soil (love dirty hands), pick … Continue reading

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Making a cotton mattress pad from scratch – craft, gardening, sustainability 1-21-19

Once in awhile someone posts something on FB that so resonates with me. This video shows a beautiful young Chinese woman planting, transplanting, harvesting, processing, and making a mattress out of cotton she grew herself. It’s loaded with wonderful techniques … Continue reading

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My Love Affair with Seed Catalogues 10-28-2019

When I was a kid my favorite place to go with my quarter, given to me by my mom to buy something fun, was the 5 &10 Store. They don’t exist anymore – this was in the 50’s. For that … Continue reading

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Increasing Yield 9-4-19

In Permaculture* Design, we are always working to increase yield in our land while always increasing fertility and restoring top soil. In modern agriculture, yield is more of a statistic than a measure of viability of the land. The USDA … Continue reading

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SEED SAVING 7-29-19

    This is a handout I gave at a presentation to Ladies Homestead Gathering about Seed Saving on July 29, 2019, and below it the Power Point delivered at that event. I’m sharing it in the hope that more people … Continue reading

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Garden Walking – The Garden Daily Walkabout 6-27-19

If you have a garden you know the old saying. “The best fertilizer there is the shadow of the gardener.” In that vein, spreading that shadow around the garden is a big part of not only the care of a … Continue reading

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Winter to Summer Transition – Succession Planting 6-12-19

If the crazy weather we’ve been having has put your garden planting plans in “I am totally overwhelmed” mood, then here’s a tip. If you have things already growing in your beds from winter, and some of them are still … Continue reading

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Early Summer at Hillside Gardens

It has once again gotten unseasonably hot. We are a month ahead due to the weather and it has been a scramble to get everything planted for summer, and clear the beds of bolting plants from the winter crops. We … Continue reading

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The Abe Lincoln video is out from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds featuring me at the end.

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