Category Archives: Open pollinated

Gardening thoughts turning to seeds.

Canada banff-national-park_9141_600x450Lyna 5-15-salad-1With gardening season right around the corner, many of our thoughts turn to seeds.  Within a few short weeks, many of us will be starting our plants indoors and a lot of questions about seed types come to mind.  What’s the difference between heirloom and open pollinated?  What’s wrong with planting hybrid seeds?  Do I really need to worry about GMO seeds when shopping for my garden supplies?

On this episode of The Prepared Canadian we’ll take a look at these and other questions pertaining to seed banks, seed harvesting and saving, as well as general talk about starting your seeds indoors.  Planning to start your own tomatoes this year?  Do you worry about temperature and light issues?  What containers should you use?

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Selecting the most productive varieties for your garden depending on where you live!

Over the past month on “Preparing to Provide” we’ve discussed the different “types” of seeds…. Open Pollinated,  Heirloom, and Hybrid. Now it’s time to find those specific “varieties” that will do well in your area. From Florida to Ontario, from Texas to Oregon…. growing conditions vary greatly from one location to another. So it makes sense that what grows well in one area would not necessarily grow so well somewhere else. If you want to grow onions, do you need a “long day” or “short day” variety? If you’re growing tomatoes, which is more suitable… a long producing indeterminate, or an early producing determinate variety? If you’re farther north and have a short growing season, what can you do to increase your chances of success if you decide to grow heat loving plants like watermelon and okra? Another factor to consider is the specific growing method. Whether you’re planting in long rows, growing in raised beds, or maintaining a container garden on your patio, there are some varieties that will do well in each situation. Tune in to get answers to the above questions, as well as many more. And feel free to call in and share your own personal experiences. The goal here is to provide as much information as possible to help each other to have more productive gardens.

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Understanding Vegetable Seeds!

You want to grow your own vegetables, but you’re unsure of what seeds to buy. With so many seed catalogs and online options to choose from, it’s not always easy to make the right choices.  Open pollinated, heirloom, hybrid… and even GMO. What are the differences? What type should you buy if you want to save seed? Which ones can help you deal with potential disease problems? Who should you buy from? How can you be sure that the seeds you purchase are not GMO seeds? Join Bobby on “Preparing to Provide” as he offers a thorough explanation of vegetable seeds and provides answers to these questions and many more. After this discussion, you will be able to open any seed catalog and know exactly what seeds you should purchase to meet your needs.

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