Seed Starting 101: Planting Tomato Seed

Choosing Tomato Varieties to Plant Are you planting tomato seed this year? Have you decided which tomato varieties you will be growing? There are so many varieties, I think that choosing which ones to grow is the hardest part of planting tomato seed! When you are deciding which tomatoes to grow, think about how you will use them. I like to make a lot of tomato sauce to can up and keep in the pantry. But I don’t like to do it at harvest time, so I freeze them until then.  I also love to eat them fresh. And I love to try new varieties as well as stick with the old that have worked well for me or taste the best. When choosing which ones to grow, I first break down they types of tomatoes to grow, cherry, paste and heirloom. I usually do a few tried and true varieties, and then add some new ones for each category. Breaking them down into these three categories makes it a wee bit less intimidating! Related articles you may be interested in: Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment How to Transplant Tomato Seedlings Benefits of Freezing Your Tomato Harvest. Our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Cherry Tomatoes Favorites that I have grow every year: Sungold: This is my favorite, and I think that goes for many people. A small orange cherry that is super sweet. Like candy! Yellow Pear: This is another favorite that I grow every year, not only for the color (I like lots of different colors, I would never plant all red tomatoes!), but it is also super sweet and it is fun to have a different shape as well. Blush: I grew this for the first time last year, and…

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Seed Starting 101: Planting Peas

Spring Gardening Begins with Peas Happy Spring! Soon it will be the first day of spring…..have you got your peas planted yet? Planting peas is usually my first act of getting the garden going for the year. It is the first thing that gets planted outside in the garden in the new year, along with fava beans. Also known as broad beans. Fava beans are simple, just stick them in the ground, down about an 1″ or 2″, and you are good to go. Peas are a little more tricky, so in this article I will share my tips for planting peas successfully. Be sure to see our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Not a Fan of Peas? If you or your family are not a fan of peas, have you ever tried them fresh from the garden? Eating raw peas fresh from the garden is like eating candy. They are so sweet and crisp and yummy! Nothing like store bought canned peas which in my opinion are just gross. Freezing peas from the garden are almost as good as fresh. See my article on freezing beans, I use the exact same method for freezing peas. After shelling them of course! Than blanch and follow the same exact procedure. Although you can preserve peas by canning them, I find them unappealing preserved that way. So give them another try and grow them yourself and you will see. Types of Peas There are three different types of peas, shelling peas, snap peas and snow peas. Shelling peas are the ones you shell, and harvest the round green peas from inside the shell. I prefer the Green Arrow variety, because it produces a lot of peas per shell and they are super sweet and…

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Seed Starting 101: Planting Pepper Seed

Are you planting pepper seed this year? I am behind, but better late than never! It’s not too late, if you haven’t planted yours yet! I don’t really like hot peppers, so I don’t do a lot of them. But if you like hot peppers, they can be planted as early as December. Usually February is when I get my sweet peppers planted, and I was busy last weekend planting pepper seed, so I got it done just in time! You may be interested in these related posts: Seed Starting 101: Planting Tomato Seed Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment Seed Starting 101: Winter Sowing Our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! My Favorite Pepper Varieties: Hot Peppers Usually I only do a few hot peppers, and the milder one’s at that, like Anaheim Chili’s and Jalapenos. These are what I will be growing this year: Jalapenos: Spicy little peppers perfect for a little heat in your salsa or any dishes you like a little heat. We also like to make Cowboy Candy with them, which is a pickled jalapeno in a sweet sauce. So good! Anaheim Chili’s: These are mildly hot, I don’t even think they are hot if picked when green, but let them turn red on the vine, and they are much hotter! I like these in all types of Mexican dishes. Black Hungarian: I grew some of these for a customer who bought starts from me last year, and they are a new favorite! These are also mildly hot and are black in color. Mini Sweet Peppers Bangles Mix: These are great little peppers perfect for the lunch box or for snacking and come in red…

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Seed Starting 101: Winter Sowing

What is Winter Sowing? Winter Sowing is using plastic milk jugs or other plastic containers, and using them as mini-greenhouses outside in the middle of winter, to sow your seeds. I first read about Winter Sowing, here on Kevin Jacob’s A Garden for the House blog.  I have been doing this now for the last 5 years or so, and it has worked so well for me, that I wanted to share this Winter Sowing tutorial in hopes that it works for you too. Because it is SOOOOO EASY!!!!! Sow those seeds, and then forget about them for a few month! Seriously. That is all. Related posts you may be interested in: 2018 Winter Sowing Results How to Grow Lavender from Seed using the Winter Sowing Method Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment post How to Make Money Growing Plants at Home Our Homesteading and Gardening favorites in our Amazon Shop! Winter Gardening Another reason I love winter sowing, is it allows me to get back into my gardening groove before the weather truly lets me. I don’t know about you, but after the holidays are over, I start getting the gardening itch. Winter sowing allows me to actually begin gardening in the winter, but without really dealing with the nastiness of winter. I plant the seeds indoors, and then just pop them outside and let nature to the rest. Frugal Seed Starting in Winter Winter Sowing is also a much more frugal way to start seeds. No need to buy all that seed starting equipment such as heat mats, grow lights, plant trays, etc. Just save your used milk jugs, and then the only thing you need to acquire is the potting soil to grow in, and the seeds! And duct tape. &nbsp…

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Seed Starting 101- How to Plant Onion Seed Indoors in Winter

Winter Gardening: Starting Onion Seed Indoors in January January is the month my fingers get itching to plant onion seed. Luckily there are a few things you can plant by seed as early as January here in the PNW, even earlier in milder parts. In this post, I will teach you how I plant onion seed indoors. It is usually the first thing I plant in the dead of winter. Other things that may be started this month by seed are celery, artichoke, asparagus and hot peppers. You may also be interested in: If you want to grow enough onions to keep your family in onions all winter long: How to Store Onions from the Garden Once you have got your onions started: How to Plant Onion Seedlings. Our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Different Methods for Sowing Seeds I sow most of my seeds using two methods, Winter Sowing and also indoors using your standard seed starting Equipment. Please see these two article for more information on both methods: Seed Starting 101: Winter Sowing in which I share how I use milk jugs outdoors as mini greenhouses to start seed and my post about Seed Starting Equipment lists more detail about equipment needed to start your seeds indoors. It also covers what type of soil I use for starting seeds. Choosing Which Onion Varieties to Plant I chose several varieties of onion seed to plant, with my primary focus being on onions that are excellent keeping onions or also called storage onions. These types of onions will last in storage all through winter after harvesting and curing them. When trying to grow most of our own produce for the year, it is essential to look at varieties of food that keep well. These type of…

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Seed Starting 101 Series: Essential Seed Starting Equipment

Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment Thank you for following along with me on my Seed Starting 101 series. Today we will be going over the essential seed starting equipment that is needed for you to successfully plant your seed indoors. Before we get going, a couple thoughts I want to share. First, please remember as we go along, that I grow a LOT of stuff. My goal is to grow most of the fruits and veggies that we eat. I also grow extra seed starts to sell. So please don’t be overwhelmed by my set up. You can start with one tray of seeds, or 5 or 10, or more. That is all up to you. Please also think about the space you have to dedicate to seed starting before you begin. It can easily take an entire room, or not. But you have to plan for where it is going to go. If you have cats, or inquisitive dogs, you may want to put your seed starting project in a room with a door so you can keep them out. It is horrible to have put in all the time and effort and then come find your cat has dug up your baby plants, or your dog has knocked a tray over. You might also be interested in: An alternative way to start seeds outdoors in winter: Seed Starting 101: Winter Sowing How I store my seeds: How to Keep Your Seed Stash Organized Our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools are available in our Amazon Shop! Seed Starting Equipment List: Plant trays: These plant trays are the first essential thing you need. Baby plants to not like to be watered from over head. They want to be watered from the bottom. So trays allow you…

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