Newsletter: Early September 2014

       
  EARLY SEPTEMBER   |   2014  
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Saving Vegetable Seeds

GARDEN NEWS

SAVING VEGETABLE SEEDS

Seed saving is one hot topic this summer and fall, and we don’t see it slowing down any time soon! We’ve just found a great little resource that we wanted to share with you.

This book is a breath of fresh air – a compact, approachable book that does a good job of introducing the different aspects of producing and saving seed, all while not jumping too far into the deep end. It’s very reasonably priced so it won’t break the bank to dip your toe in the waters, but can be passed along when more in-depth books come along, or take its place in the library and still be useful for a quick reference.

Our 7 part online seed saving course is coming along nicely, and this book will be one of the references we use to help introduce seed production and seed saving in the home garden.

 

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FALL & WINTER GARDENS

WHAT TO PLANT NOW

Our fall and winter garden planning article was a big hit in our August newsletter, but we’ve gotten a lot of questions on just where to begin.

Some of you are looking for guidelines on where to start, while others want suggestions on what to add for this year. We’ve compiled this list to help make it easy for you!

If you missed that article, here it is – “How to Plan for Fall and Winter Gardening”.

The two biggest factors in deciding what and when to plant (besides what you want to eat!) is the time left in the growing season and the cooling of the soil temperature. Most varieties really benefit from early fall planting, when soil temperatures are still warm and jump start seed germination. To find the time left before your average first frost date, click the link.

Now that you have an idea of how much time is left in your particular growing season, here’s some varieties that can be direct planted in warmer soil, some that will benefit from being sprouted then transplanted, and some that will really like a cooler soil a little later on. Click on the link below for the full list:

COOL SEASON VEGETABLES

If your frost date is closer than some of the mature dates shown above, don’t worry – there’s ways around it! Sprouting a fall veggie crop is quick and easy, not like tomatoes or peppers in the spring. You just want the sprout to be about 2 – 4 inches tall before transplanting, which will give them a one to two week head start in just a few days.

If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to email us, so we can help you be successful in your cool season garden!

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 Chioggia Beets

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME!

“We believe in a world of healthy soil, seed, food and people. Everyone has a fundamental need for vibrant food and health, which are closely linked.

We work to achieve this by challenging and changing conventional gardening thinking, providing successful and unique methods and techniques while inspiring the power of choice and action for the individual.”

Our customers are friends that we have not yet met, as you share our interest and passion for growing incredibly delicious foods, preserving heirloom seed traditions and biological diversity for the future through our own home gardens. Sharing this is possibly the most important work, as it helps all of us make a definite, positive impact in our lives and in those that we share.

Thanks for your time this edition, we hope you have enjoyed it! Please let us know your thoughts and suggestions, as we are always working to improve.

Stephen and Cindy Scott

Terroir Seeds | Underwood Gardens

 

 

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