Friday, March 28, 2014

Still time left in March to celebrate #NNM by sowing seeds #GardenCuizine

Still time to Celebrate National Nutrition Month® by planting Seeds for a Garden 

Millions of gardeners find satisfaction from collecting seeds and growing annuals and perennials from seed. Fresh, locally grown veggies and herbs have the best flavor. All it takes are some seeds, dirt, light and water. I usually like to start planting seeds around St. Patty's Day, but now is still not too late. 

Every gardener has their own way and planting style. Some rather buy plants at their garden center; some swear by using heat mats to aide in seed germination, some don't. Discover what works for you. Websites like Dave's Garden offer member seed swaps, which is a fun way to collect a wide variety of seeds. When stored properly, seeds can last for years.  

Our first group of seeds planted March 23rd, indoors under florescent lights, already have tiny seedlings emerging. Today, I planted another flat of mixed flowers, herbs and veggies. Stay tuned for the days to germination, which will be posted. Get yourself a few seed packets and pots and give it a try, it's not too late.

These plants can be started at home from seed:
followed by number of days to germination
  • Yvonne's Red Salvia
  • Canna 'Apricot Frost'
  • Compost Cherry Tomatoes: 13 days
  • African Heirloom Hibiscus Kenaf (edible leaves)
  • Fenugreek herb: 3 days
  • FNCE Hershey Cocoa Bean (this is an experiment! got the bean from Hershey when FNCE was in Philadelphia 2012. Had a great time as a participant in their cocoa focus group)
  • Heirloom Aztec Sweet Nicotiana: 8 days
  • Heirloom Cherry Vanilla Quinoa: 3 days
  • Pride of Barbados, Caesalpinia pulcherrima: 13 days
  • Columbine, Aquilegia vulgaris "Lime Sorbet": 22 days
  • Black Cohosh, Actaea racemosa
  • Habanero Arbol
  • Italian Parsley
  • Spanish Flag Vine: 7 days
  • Job's Tears
When you run out to your kitchen garden to snip fresh parsley, or hand pick sun ripened tomatoes from your own plants, you and your family will enjoy the taste of eating right.

Related Links
Starting Seeds Indoors
Job's Tears - A Fascinating Plant 
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