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1/23/12 11:21 A

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Thanks for the link! Some good info there. emoticon

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1/13/12 11:01 A

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There are a couple of gardening books that are my go to books. Square Foot Gardening is one of them. The other one is Carrots Love Tomatoes. The two really go together - square foot gardeninng and companion planting. A must for the small space organic gardener!






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1/12/12 9:09 P

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I've used the Square Foot Gardening information and was pleased with the results too!

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1/12/12 9:57 A

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Thank you for the great info and website Kim!

I remember Grandma stored her seed in a 1 pt. Mason jar. She kept them down in the root cellar each winter. I had some wonderful Spaghetti squash last year that I had purchased from one of the Mennonite stands in the fall, I dried them and put them in a bottle and put them in the basement before we left for the winter....going to see if I can get them to sprout this Spring when we get back.....

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1/11/12 12:56 P

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Great discussion. Neat site.

If anyone doesn't know how to garden small and would like information, I am a certified teacher of Square Foot Gardening. You can also get info at

www.squrefootgardening.org

Kim

Edited by: KSROMAN at: 1/11/2012 (12:57)
I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they're feeling because that's how I read the seed catalogs in January.

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1/11/12 11:26 A

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Oh, wow! I thought watching it over the course of the whole season was intense! :D No wonder you have the doom shadow! :D

If you want doom prep seeds, then go online and look for some companies who sell them prepackaged in tin cans ready for freezing. It'd be more expensive, but convenient. I don't do that myself, but some find it comforting to have put back. It's 2012 and all. :D :D :D


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1/11/12 11:23 A

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And I just store mine in freezer bags with all the air out and then in a plastic box. I wonder how long seeds would actually be viable if stored correctly? It's funny because all the talk about 12/21/2012 made me wonder about survival and food and seed storage LOL! Of course if the ground is all radioactive we couldn't plant anyway and then there's the zombies attacking while we tended the garden - sorry my DH made me watch the entire 1st season of Walking Dead yesterday!






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1/11/12 11:07 A

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No, I just store them in clear mason jars using a Pump-N-Seal to take the air out (you can find them if you google it). I go through them too fast to bother freezing. I think maybe for long-term storage, like if you thought you wouldn't be able to plant any for a few years, it might be worth freezing some.



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1/11/12 10:47 A

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@Shire - so have you actually tried to store them in the freezer?






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1/11/12 10:45 A

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The important thing about storing seeds frozen is to be sure they are at the proper dryness/percentage of moisture. You can find good books on seed saving that explain this better than I can.



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1/11/12 10:42 A

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Thanks for this! I'm always telling people that even if they have a small patio they can grow some vegetables.

One thing though - I was told that you couldn't store seeds in the freezer. Can you? Has anyone actually tried? My seeds usually stay viable for about 5 years with germination rates going down after that. I keep mine in a cool part of a finished basement i.e. dry.






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1/11/12 10:25 A

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Forget about not having a lot of land. Learn how to use your space — and start gardening go to

www.urbanorganicgardener.com/


One of his recent tips is important. Start your own Heirloom Seedbank.

"Some believe that one of the best investments to currently make is in an emergency seed bank.
With everything that is going on with the global economy and food system, it’s hard to argue.
What would happen if our food supply was cut-off? or the price of food sky rockets too high?
Yes, it is important to have the canned goods and non-perishables, but what happens when they run out and the supermarket shelves are dry?
That’s where having an emergency seed bank helps out. I’m not getting all sensationalistic and saying it’s going to happen today or in the near future, but like any other emergency kit, it’s best to be prepared.
How to use your emergency seed bank
There are two ways that you can use your bank:
Keeping it in storage for emergencies. One of the best places to store them is in the freezer.
Start your garden. This way you can start to grow your food and build up the seed bank by saving your seeds."

His site is a wealth of information.





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