teaching seeds

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Firethorn, Jan 12, 2005.

  1. Firethorn

    Firethorn Well-Known Member

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    I posted this on barter board also :

    I am looking for heirloom seeds. especialy fruit. berries, apples, squash etc. But any would be great. Organic would also be great. I am also looking for stories to go with the seeds, even if they are first generation stories. It has to start somewhere. It is starting with us. I think this will be a great tool for my childern.
    I just dont have the time to browse the web hopeing to find a sourse.plus there would be no stories.

    Thanks in advance.
    Mrs C.
     
  2. kathrynlmv

    kathrynlmv Well-Known Member

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    Mrs. C, Am willing to send you some seeds...some flowers and today I just came across some zucchini seeds that my ex-husband's grandmother brought over from Serbia when they emigrated in the 1940's....don't get your hopes up....they may never sprout....but I'm going to give them every chance....there's a good many.....and if they do...some will be yours. Kathrynlmv
     

  3. Firethorn

    Firethorn Well-Known Member

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    Oh, I would be so honored! I will be glad also to pay the shipping. Just let me know the info in a pm. Thank You so much.The flowers? are they also heirlooms?

    Also can anyone recomend a good book for gathering seeds from the things you grow. We need all the help we can get. :rolleyes:

    Mrs C.
     
  4. Sylvia

    Sylvia Well-Known Member

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    Hi Here is something I am doing with my 13 y.o. son now. We really get a kick out of seeing things sprout. Especially since it's something we use as a seasoning all the time. Here are a few examples from our spice rack:

    dill, celery, mustard, sesame, lavender (from my potpourris), achiote (poor people's saffron), poppy, coriander, red chilies ( from our pizza seasoning)

    To determine if the seeds will sprout, Wet a paper towel (sturdier than napkins) and place it on a plastic lid. Sprinkle the seeds and place inside a clear plastic bag and secure with a twist tie. Place in a warm place away from light. Mist as needed.

    As they sprout, you can take a q-tip and gently lift them from the towel into a seedling tray or other small pot (read that shallow) that has dampened potting soil. and cover with a 1/2 inch of damp not muddy soil. Place a plastic baggie over it to retain moisture. Mist as needed.

    Eventually you will see the sprouted seedling. At this point they will need a warm sunny spot. A window with southern exposure is good. If the window is drafty, place a piece of clear plastic as a barrier. We use an old aquarium.

    Continue to repot as the plant gets larger as you would any other seedlings. When they get 4 sets of true leaves, pinch off the top 2 and they will bush out nicely.

    Hope this helps! Kids learn more when they are having fun.
    sylvia
     
  5. Firethorn

    Firethorn Well-Known Member

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    Goodness! Thank you. That is alot of info to digest. It may take me a couple of weeks to get to the web sites. I am s ure this will help.

    I am still looking for book sugestions though.
    Mrs C.
     
  6. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    'The New Seed Starter's Handbook' by Nancy Bubel

    'Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners'
    by Suzanne Ashworth, Kent Whealy


    These are good. You might find them at the library.
     
  7. Firethorn

    Firethorn Well-Known Member

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    Thank you, Ill go to half price to see if i can find them. I like to own my books. If not I pay so much in late fees I might as well have bought them. :eek: