Posts Tagged ‘seeds’

Why I Quit Buying Seeds for My Garden 3 Years Ago



I save seeds for heirloom tomatoes, several herbs, beans and corn. It’s a very easy and convenient way to free yourself from having to spend a lot of money every spring when it’s time to plant the garden.

Almost three years ago, I also signed myself up for a membership for the Seeds of The Month Club. It was the only thing I bought on Black Friday that year. The idea was so fun, old-fashioned and low-tech! You get actual seed packets, mailed to your house, every month! Who doesn’t love getting things in the mail? I still get so excited when (read more on this blog’s new location…)

Sending Seeds in the Mail

I have test-sprouted (>90% germination), packaged, packed, sealed and sent your envelopes of Cabin Tomato seeds. 7 envelopes went out on Wednesday, and 6 more are going out in Thursday’s mail. I still have about 4 or 5 more remaining.

I am incredibly grateful to you growers who are willing to try growing your own Cabin tomatoes in the 2013 season. If you can, grow a plant for friend too. If you can, save seeds for the next year too.

If you don’t receive the seeds I promised you within a week from today, please contact me again. There was one pack going to Canada, so I don’t know how long that should take.

Everything is going well for Jimmy, I just haven’t had much blog motivation lately.

Thank you all!

Ripe Tomatoes mean 2012 Salsa…soon

My first 6 pounds of ripe tomatoes.  They’re an ugly bunch, due to the weather, but they’ll taste fine when I make them into salsa!

I didn’t even see the squash bug in person. I only noticed him in iPhoto.  This is a Cabin plant.  I’ll be saving a whole bunch of seeds soon.

Hey, I’m a winner!

Marisa of the blog Food in Jars posted today that I was the winner of her contest giving away a nice packet of Survival Seeds from! Hooray!  And what luck, because I was chosen from among 230+ commentors on her post!

I am very excited to have won a hermetically sealed packet of heirloom seeds very similar to the one shown below.

Thank you Marisa!  I really appreciate this and will open my mailbox with anticipation for the next week or two!

Saving Seeds from Radishes

Radishes, bolted to seed.  About 4 feet tall.

Did you know that radishes will grow over 4 feet tall?

I planted a pot of radish seeds in the greenhouse this December. The seeds took a month or perhaps even 6 weeks to germinate in the cold temperatures. While they were growing, I was actually able to eat 4 or 5 small ones, pulled out in the name of “thinning” before the majority of the plants started to grow seed stalks. I guess the winter weather was a bit too much stress for them.

Instead of just throwing them out, I decided to let the radishes go to seed…as an experiment.

The seed stalks kept growing and growing and growing. After growing about 4 feet tall, the stalk in the center of each radish opened up a flower very similar to what a bolted broccoli looks like. Some of my radishes grew white flowers and some grew pink flowers, although all the seeds came from the same packet. Some are still flowering now, almost 6 months after putting the seeds in the ground.

Radish flower

Now that most of the flowers have died back, seed pods are beginning to grow. They look like tiny green beans at the moment. I’ll update this post when they have grown up and dried so I can harvest the seed.

Radish flower


Here is an update to my previous post about saving radish seeds.

Dried radish seed pods

Dried radish seed pods

I let the radish growth die naturally and dry outside to a nice tan color.  I picked off the stems with the seed pods and had what you see above.

Green pod has turned light brown

Green pod has turned light brown

Just like a pea or a bean, each dry pod contains a few radish seeds.  Let’s open one up, shall we?

Hooray, seeds!

Hooray, seeds!

I expect the nice round ones are probably more viable than the flat wrinkled ones, since the ones I originally planted were all nice and round.

The verdict is that, yes, I can save radish seeds.  And until I absolutely need to, I won’t.  It’s a lot of extra work to get these seeds from a plant that would otherwise be picked in 25 or 30 days.  I’ll consider it knowledge tucked away for a rainy day.

Free Heirloom Open Pollinated Tomato Seeds from WinterSown.Org

The awesome folks over at will send you free tomato seeds in exchange for your Self Addressed Stamped Envelope.  This is possibly a USA-only offer, I’m not sure.  They strongly encourage you to learn the technique of Winter Sowing your seeds.


If you give them a small donation, you’ll get about twice as many seed packets and you’ll also have assurance of receiving your top choices.


I now have to make room for an entire extra bed of tomatoes.  🙂  It’s not such a bad thing.

I plan to save open-pollinated heirloom tomato seeds this year from several of my favorites, and to return some of the love to WinterSown.Org by sending them back some of the seeds I save.

Kale, Kale, Kale




I planted the Kale seeds I received in the mail from Robin shortly after Christmas. I had a heck of a time with poor germination, but I finally have a tray of them rising up! Thank you again Robin!  I am very much looking forward to trying these.  I’m going to give them a little bit longer to get established before I throw them out in the cold greenhouse (gradually, I’m sure).

Review Pinetree Garden Seeds

I placed an order for some of my 2009 seeds from a company online that I had no experience with–Pinetree Garden Seeds.

I ordered on December 18th, they shipped my envelope on the 29th and I received it yesterday, January 7th.  Fast enough for this time of year with the holiday times and all.

I can’t comment on shipping cost because they will be sending me strawberry plants later this spring.  In other words, the amount I paid them for shipping is being used to send two different packages.

The seed packets I received did not have many seeds in them.  A person could look at this as a good thing or a bad thing.

My Broccoli packets seem to have 20 or 25 seeds. I see now upon further reading on the site that they DID disclose “minimum 30 seeds per packet” and I missed it.  My fault. I need to count a couple more because I really don’t know if I even got the 30 I was promised.

Tomato packets are promised a minimum of 20 seeds.  Reasonable, I guess.

I’m going to chalk this one up to user error and needing to read the print on the screen better. Oops!

Update: I counted a couple packets thoroughly, including the seeds stuck way down in the corners and there were about 40 seeds in each broccoli, with “minimum 30” promised.  That’s service, if you ask me.  I just wish the number of seeds on each packet was written on the individual product pages and not just on the category pages.  In my case it led to confusion and a bit of false hope.

Wanted: Kale Seeds

Would anyone be willing to put a few of last year’s Kale seeds (any variety) in an envelope and mail them to me?  I don’t have any (didn’t try it in the summer garden) and stores around here don’t stock seeds in December.  I would really appreciate your time and effort.

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